World History and International Relations

Strategic challenges for the Eurasian Integration Project: Global and Regional Aspects

The article focuses on the main Russian concerns on the way of the Eurasian integration process. The author analyses real and potential obstacles for the Eurasian union during the competition between Russia and other players in the region such as China, the US and the EU. The article gives some forecasts on the development of integration and disintegration tendencies in Eurasia. Some author’s conclusions might be used for the improvement of Russian foreign policy course.

The “Rogue State” Concept As The Project Of a Structural Change In The International Relations System

The article examines the history of the “rogue state” concept, its strong and weak points in terms of practical application; analyses the content in the view of major theoretical schools; concludes the possibility of the concept’s modification in the future and its impact on the structure of international relations. 

The evolution of NATO’s approaches to the situation in the Balkans in the 1990s –2000s

The article analyses the change of the organization’s position concerning the situation in the Balkans in the 1990s-2000s on the basis of official documents. Special attention is paid to the analysis of the evolution of the Alliance’s approaches to the building of policy in the Balkan region in the context of its participation in the crisis management and peacekeeping operations within the territory of former Yugoslavia.

Foreign Contribution to the Formation of the National Style of Turkish Architecture

The article studies the role of foreign architects in the creation of national style of the Ottoman and Republican Turkey. Foreign masters founded the process of searching the visualization of national identity and Turkish school of architectural education, but these alien experiments were used in Turkey only at the stage of proper styles development. The foreigners’ work was under governmental ideological control, and since the middle of the XX century national specialists were preferred and they competed with the European architectural bureau.

The Formation of a New Type Book Publisher in Bohemian Book Printing of the XVI Century

The author of the article analyzes the activities of the major Bohemian book printers of the XVI century – educated and well-rounded people of their time, who acted as translators and even authors of the works they published. Particular attention is paid to the issues related to the production repertoire and the personal contribution of each book printer to the Czech culture of the XVI century


Горное дело в средневековой Чехии – важная страница истории этой страны. Хроника Петра Житавского дает историку возможность выявить черты неповторимости рождения одного из крупнейших горных городов средневековой Чехии.

The Image of the Russian Empire in the columns of «The Edinburgh Review» during 1802–1812.

The author of this article studies the images of the Russian Empire in periodicals «The Edinburgh Review» in the period from 1802 to 1812. Particular attention is paid to the space-climatic, Potestarian images and stereotypes of foreigners about Russian society.

English Diplomacy and Diplomats in the Ottoman Empire (the Beginning of Cooperation)

The article deals with the activity of the first English ambassadors in Istanbul. The mission of London’s diplomatic representatives in the Ottoman Empire, at the peak of its prosperity, is described by the author in close connection with the regional interests of the English Levant Company.

The Internal Policy of the Early Arsacids

The article dwells upon the relations between the early Arsacids and the Greek and Iranian population of Parthyene and Hyrcania. It is noted that during the rule of Arsaces I and his immediate successors their power in this region was a kind of military occupation. It is concluded that it was only during Phraates I and Mithridates I  reign that the conflict with the local population was settled, and the conditions for rapid growth of the power of the Parthian state were provided.

Artifacts from the Sairhe settlement in the context of the relationship between Colchis and Achaemenid Iran

In this paper, the study of the relationship between Colchis and Achaemenid Iran involved materials from settlement Sairkhe - the easternmost part of the ancient Colchis. As a result of archaeological study of the monument were found toreutics items and jewelry, indicating the existence of cultural and diplomatic contacts with the Achaemenid world. The architectural remains also found in this settlement may shed light on the political status of Colchis as a part of the Persian Empire.