Simon Franklin, Professor of Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge and Trustee of the European University at St. Petersburg, has become an honorary nominee for the prestigious historical Mark Raev Prize. The prize is awarded annually by the 18th Century Russian Study Group to a researcher whose book makes a special contribution to the study of the "Long Russian 18th Century."
In 2020, 23 monographs by scientists from Russia, Europe, and North America were submitted to the competition. The finalists were Simon Franklin, Natalya Kochetkova, John P. LeDonne, Andrey Serkov, Ricarda Vulpius. The prize was awarded to John P. LeDonne for the monograph "Forging a Unitary State: Russia’s Management of the Eurasian Space, 1650–1850." Simon Franklin's work "The Russian Graphosphere, 1450–1850" received "An Honorable Mention" of the award.
According to the organizers, all the works were distinguished by a very high level of professionalism and therefore the choice was extremely difficult.