Keenan, Paul

Dr Paul Keenan  


Position held

Assistant Professor in International History


Head of the Russia Programme


Experience keywords:

18th century; Russian cultural history; Russian history; St Petersburg; early modern Europe; history of court culture

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My research deals with Russia during the eighteenth century and, in particular, the role of St Petersburg in the relationship between Russia and other contemporary European states. The focus of this work is primarily on the cultural life of the city, given its role as the seat of the imperial Russian court from the early eighteenth century onwards, and the influence of European fashions or trends on both its physical development and the lives of its populace. The broader theme of Russia's 'Europeanisation' in this period, both culturally and intellectually, is also part of longer term research plans - a joint project on the relationship between Russia and the Bentham brothers (with Professor Roger Bartlett) and the activities of 'enlightened' governors in Russia's provincial capitals (e.g. Aleksei P. Mel'gunov in Iaroslavl').

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Creative Industries and Culture

Countries and regions to which research relates:



French [Spoken: Basic, Written: N/A]; Russian [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]

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+44 (0)7977 476971



Keenan, Paul (2015) The Russian Imperial Court and victory celebrations during the early Napoleonic Wars In: Hartley, Janet and Keenan, Paul and Lieven, Dominic, (eds.) Russia and the Napoleonic Wars. War, Culture and Society, 1750–1850. Palgrave Macmillan, London, 163-178. ISBN 9781349571710

Hartley, Janet and Keenan, Paul and Lieven, Dominic, eds (2015) Russia and the Napoleonic wars War, culture and society, 1750-1850. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK. ISBN 9781137527998

Keenan, Paul (2015) A space between two worlds: St. Petersburg in the early eighteenth century In: Stock, Paul, (ed.) The Uses of Space in Early Modern History. Palgrave Studies in Cultural and Intellectual History. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 97-124. ISBN 9781349504343


Keenan, Paul (2013) St Petersburg and the Russian Court, 1703-1761 Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK. ISBN 9781137311597


Keenan, Paul (2012) Card-playing and gambling in eighteenth-century Russia European History Quarterly, 42 (3). 385-402. ISSN 0265-6914


Keenan, Paul (2010) The summer gardens in the social life of St Petersburg, 1725-61 Slavonic and East European Review, 88 (1-2). 134-155. ISSN 0037-6795


Keenan, Paul (2007) 23 December 1742: Elizaveta Petrovna's ceremonial entry into St Petersburg In: Cross, Anthony, (ed.) Days From the Reigns of Eighteenth-Century Russian Rulers. Newsletter (Study Group on Eighteenth-Century Russia). Unknown. ISBN 9780950331454

Keenan, Paul (2007) The functions of fashion: women and clothing at the Russian court (1700-1762) In: Rosslyn, Wendy and Tosi, Alessandra, (eds.) Women in Russian Culture and Society, 1700-1825. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, 125-143. ISBN 9780230553231


Keenan, Paul (2002) The enlightenment in Russia during the reign of Catherine II Irish History: a Research Yearbook.

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