Aberdeen Centre for Russian and East European History (ACREEH)



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Aberdeen Centre for Russian and East European History (ACREEH)

ACREEH was created in 2007 to bring together the diverse range of scholars in the Departments of History and Art History with research interests in the history and culture of Russia, North Eastern and East Central Europe. It builds on the long tradition of interest at Aberdeen in Eastern Europe and Russia, and especially the activities of the University’s Centre for Russian, East and Central European Studies (created in 1989–90).

ACREEH hosts a variety of individual and collaborative research projects, organises occasional conferences and workshops, and organises research seminars with visiting speakers that are open to undergraduate students as well as researchers and postgraduate students.

Our interests are eclectic, but currently three main foci can be identified:

  • Poland-Lithuania and Russia in the early modern period.
  • Russia in the late Imperial and early Soviet periods, circa 1900–1928.
  • Performance Art in Russia and Eastern Europe.

Within these areas and periods we work on such varied themes as military history, core-periphery relations, borders and borderlands, national identity, the history of political union, the history of ideas, religion, urban history, transport and mobility, and the impact of war and revolution.


The University of Aberdeen’s libraries and special collections have substantial printed and manuscript holdings in our areas of interest.

The archival holdings are especially strong concerning Scots in Eastern Europe during the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries (various collections), Jews in Central Europe (Biesenthal Collection), and the northern Baltic area (North/Circumpolar Collection).

The printed collections are particularly strong for nineteenth- and early twentieth-century English-language publications about Russia and Eastern Europe, and Siberia.


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