The Volga FT'sSummer Book of 2021
Professor Hartley's latest manuscript was named one of the Summer Books of 2021 in History by the Financial Times on 23 June. Tony Barber says "Hartley’s study of the Volga, the river that symbolises Russian identity, is a worthy companion to her 2014 book Siberia: A History of the People. She is particularly good on the way that Russians and non-Russians interacted in the centuries after Ivan the Terrible’s conquest of Kazan and Astrakhan in the 1550s."
New edited volume: Magic, Texts and Travel
Co-edited with Dr Dennis Shaw (Birmingham), Magic, Texts and Travel: Homage to a Scholar, Will Ryan (Study Group for Eighteenth-Century Russia, 2021) focuses on the three themes of magic, text, and travel in relation to Russia and other Slavonic regions. Read more
New book: The Volga
A new book with Yale University Press, The Volga. A History of Russia's Greatest River was released in January. The Volga River has played a crucial role in the history of the peoples who are now a part of the Russian Federation – and has united and divided the land through which it flows. Professor Hartley explores the history of Russia through the Volga from the seventh century to the present day. Find out more about the book. Read the reviews in Le Grand Continent (31 December 2020, "15 livres à lire en janvier 2021"), The Spectator (16 January), The Geographical (February, "Book of the Month"), The Economist (20 January), the Financial Times (11 February), History Today (March), Literary Review (April) and The Times Literary Supplement (23 April). Professor Hartley was also interviewed about the book in the Asian Review Podcast in collaboration with New Books Network (March 2021). Listen to the interview.
The book launch took place on 9 February and was hosted by the Higher School of Economics (Moscow).
Opening lecture at Kazan Federal University
Professor Hartley gave the opening lecture in the “Alexander Festival” at Kazan Federal University on 28 November and participated in the unveiling of a new bust of Alexander I. The festival was held in honour of the founder of the university, Alexander I. Professor Hartley’s lecture was on “The Tsars in London: the Visits of Peter I and Alexander I”.
BBC Radio 4 In Our Time
On 19 September, Professor Hartley participated in an episode of Melvyn Bragg’s BBC Radio 4 In Our Time. Alongside Dr Michael Rowe (KCL) and Dr Michael Rapport (Glasgow), she discussed why Napoleon invaded Russia in 1812, thought he was victorious yet had to retreat, losing most of his army and, soon after, his empire. Catch up with the episode, “Napoleon’s Retreat from Moscow”, on BBCiPlayer.
From 11-12 April, Professor Hartley participated in the Russian Grand Strategy in Historical Perspective Workshop at Yale University. The workshop was hosted by the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy and Professor Hartley presented a paper on “Imperial Russian and European Great Power Status”.
Irish radio "Newstalk"
Professor Hartley was part of a panel of experts on "Talking History" who discussed the history and transformation of St. Petersburg from Peter the Great's custom-built capital in 1703 to the artistic capital it remains today. Listen to "An Artistic Capital Built on Bones", first aired on 25 November.
Professor Janet Hartley and Professor Hamish Scott on late Professor Isabel Margaret de Madariaga
Professor Janet Hartley and Professor Hamish Scott, former member of the Department, have written a memoir of Professor Isabel de Madariaga (1919-2014) for the British Academy’s “Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the British Academy XV” (September 2016). Professor Madariaga had connections with the Department and LSE as a temporary lecturer. In their piece, Professor Hartley and Professor Scott provide a fascinating account of a world that has vanished and salute Professor Madariaga has the last of a generation.
LSE Excellence in Education Awards
In June 2016, Professor Janet Hartley won an LSE Excellence in Education Award with other members of the Department. Designed to support the School’s aspiration of creating ‘a culture where excellence in teaching is valued and rewarded on a level with excellence in research’ (LSE Strategy 2020), the Excellence in Education Awards are made, on the recommendations of Heads of Department, to staff who have demonstrated outstanding teaching contribution and educational leadership in their departments.
Channel One Russia Documentary "The Crimean War"
Professor Janet Hartley has participated in a historical documentary called “The Crimean War”. The latter was shown on Channel One Russia recently and it focuses particularly on the diplomatic and international context of the war. It includes contributions from French and Austrian academics as well as Russian historians. Professor Janet Hartley appears between minutes 20 and 30 and comments on the diplomatic causes and consequences of the War. Watch "The Crimean War" (in Russian).
Professor Janet Hartley appeared in the first two episodes of the BBC Four programme, Empire of the Tsars: Romanov Russia with Lucy Worsley. The first episode aired on 6 January 2016 and the second episode aired a week later. Watch the trailer. Read more about Empire of the Tsars.
Spectator's Review of Siberia, a History of the People
On 16 August 2014, the Spectator published a review on Professor Janet Hartley's latest book, Siberia, a History of the People, written by Will Nicoll. He calls it a "masterful study of Siberia's people". He goes on to say that "Hartley’s skill lies in her ability to make historical events vivid and accessible" and that her book will "be particularly useful to a generation of young Siberians, eager to understand their wild region’s extraordinary past".
Siberia, a History of the People Reviewed by the Sunday Times
On 20 July 2014, the Sunday Times published a review on Professor Janet Hartley's latest book, Siberia, a History of the People, calling the volume "a deft history", a "beautifully chosen and told compendium of life stories". Read the full review.