Vicious and Virtuous Circles in the Rural Economy of East European Borderlands

Friday, November 18, 2022

12:30 pm — 2:00 pm


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Irina Marin joins the CUNY REEES Kruzhok to share new research on the social and political dynamics of imperial borderlands, nationalism and identity politics.

A caricature showing Romanian peasants crushed under the weight of the Crown
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The full title of Professor Marin's presentation is "Vicious and Virtuous Circles in the Rural Economy of East European Borderlands at the End of the 19th, Beginning of the 20th Century".

This work-in-progress paper provides a cross-border comparison between rural communities in the borderlands of Austria-Hungary, Tsarist Russia and the Balkan fringes of the Ottoman Empire. The aim is that of hammering out an explanatory framework that would account for disparities in modernization, innovation absorption and social agency, starting from factors such as the initial terms of peasant emancipation, legal framework, the edge given by historical privilege and, conversely, the long shadow of serfdom in the form of renewed dependence and neoserfdom.

Dr. Irina Marin is Assistant Professor in Political History at Utrecht University and specializes in Modern European History with particular emphasis on Central and Eastern European history. Her research so far has focused on the political and social dynamics of imperial borderlands, nationalism and identity politics as well as social violence. Her first book Contested Frontiers in the Balkans: Ottoman and Habsburg Rivalries in Eastern Europe was published with I. B. Tauris in 2012. Her second book Peasant Violence and Antisemitism in Early Twentieth-Century Eastern Europe (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) received an honorable mention from the American Society for Romanian Studies (SRS) at their biennial book prize in 2019.

Register for this workshop via Zoom.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. You will also receive a link to a paper to review a week in advance of the session.

The CUNY REEES Workshop is a space for faculty in the social sciences and humanities to share research in progress for feedback, with a wider aim of connecting CUNY and New York City specialists focused on Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia. It is coordinated by Mark Lewis (College of Staten Island/Graduate Center, CUNY) and Merrill Sovner (EU Studies Center, Graduate Center, CUNY). It meets on selected Fridays at 12:30 pm ET during the semester.

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