Europe and European Civilisation as Seen from its Margins and by the Rest of the World, in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Edited By Michael Wintle
11 Preface This book, in its present form, is one of the eventual products of a workshop which took place at the Royal Academy in Amsterdam in June 2005, to honour the retirement of Bruno Naarden as the Professor of Russian History and East European Studies at the University of Amsterdam. At that well attended and lively symposium, which includ- ed Professor Naarden’s valedictory lecture, on the subject of the Am- sterdam burgemeester Nicolaas Witsen’s writings on Russia in the seventeenth century, four of the contributors to this book gave embryon- ic versions of their chapters as papers to the workshop. Since then they have been reconsidered and entirely rewritten, in order to address more directly the common research agenda; moreover five entirely new chapters have been specially commissioned from other specialist schol- ars. We have moved well beyond Bruno Naarden’s farewell celebra- tions, but nonetheless this book is dedicated to him as a token of our appreciation for his untiring work for European Studies at the University of Amsterdam and elsewhere. I am grateful to those who helped plan the original occasion, espe- cially Ben de Jong, and to all those who took part in the workshop. I am also happy to thank the Institute for Culture and History at the Universi- ty of Amsterdam, which provided generous financial support for the project at various stages. Most of all I am indebted to the authors, who have been infinitely patient and understanding throughout the vagaries of the editing and...
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