Evgenii Anisimov

Professor in the History and Art History Departments

Doctor of Science in History

 Research interests: Russian history of the 17th and 18th centuries, source studies, the history of art and culture in the 18th-20th centuries

2011-present Professor and Scientific Director of the History Department at the Higher School of Economics (St. Petersburg)

2011-present History Professor at the St. Petersburg State Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture.

1989-present Lecturer and Visiting Professor at numerous universities in England, USA, Japan, Italy, and Russia.

1999-present Graduate student supervisor at the St. Petersburg Historical Institute (Russian Academy of Sciences) and EUSP.

1996-present Professor in the Departments of History and Art History at EUSP.

1994-2010 Professor of Russian history at the St. Petersburg University of Economics and Finance.

1986-1994 Taught courses at the Herzen Leningrad State Pedagogical Institute.

From 1973-present Research Associate at the St. Petersburg Historical Institute (Russian Academy of Sciences).

Is the winner of the Metropolitan Macarius Prize, the Antsiferovsky Prize, and the Alexander Nevsky All-Russian Literary Award.


History of Technological Breakthroughs and Innovation in Russia in the 18th and 19th Centuries
(28 hours, lecture and seminars) This course will attempt to bring us closer to understanding why Russia still chronically lags behind other countries in terms of quality of development in various fields. It will also address why many advanced technological ideas, even those born in Russia, are not assimilated here, and the factors (primarily socio-cultural and educational) that affect the development or stagnation of innovation. One can speak of “breakthroughs” in the history of Russia’s development of innovation, or, more precisely, abrupt “jerks” that give way to deceleration and stagnation. This leads to a deep systemic crisis followed by a hasty new “breakthrough,” though these breakthroughs occur in a country where there is unchanging political power and other institutions of autocratic rule and property ownership. Such technological breakthroughs in Russia’s history from the 18th-early 20th century can be divided into three, as they all share common typological characteristics and individual particularities that will be analyzed in the course of lecture and seminars.

Reforms in Russia and Europe in a New Era: The Experience of Comparative Study
(28 hours, lectures and seminars) In the late 17th-early 18th centuries, when Peter the Great enacted reforms and embarked on a course of rapprochement with Western Europe, the issue of the relationship between Russia and the West, of European and Russian institutions and their development came to the fore. This gave rise to a complex set of problems ranging from features of perception and the adaptation of Russian achievements in Russian culture to a sometimes painful search for identity and the emergence of the philosophy of the “catch-up model” of development. It also gave rise to the notion of a special “Russian way” between Europe and Asia. All of these problems were exacerbated by the fact that ideas of renovating and modernizing many areas of life in Russian society had (as a prerequisite) been combined with the consistent and quite conservative principles underlying the traditional autocratic, Orthodox, and feudal institutions of imperial Russia. How did the relationship between Russian and Western European ideas and institutions unfold, what were the specifics, and which sets of ideas were assimilated (or discarded) in the course of Russian history of the 17th-early 19th centuries? In this special course we will attempt to understand the general and specific trends in Russia’s development in comparison to what happened in Austria, Prussia, France, Sweden and other countries during this time.




  • Держава и топор. Царская власть, политический сыск и русское общество в XVIII веке - М:Новолое литературное обозрение, 2019 - 424 с.


  • Петр Первый: благо или зло для России? - М: Новолое литературное обозрение, 2017 - 272 с.


  • Русское искусство глазами историка, или куда ведет Сусанин. -СПБ: Издательство «Арка», 2016 г. – 360 с.
  • Научная конференция «Le “Grand Tour”  et le Transfer des Connaissances. Experiences Europeennes, de la Russiе a la Peninsule Iberique».  Доклад: «Les voyages en Europe et le choix européen de Pierre I-er: perspektives et impasses», Institut d’Estudis Catalans, Barselona. Октябрь 2016 г.
  • Чтение лекций на «Летней школе Карамзина в Царском Селе» для школьников. Август 2016 г. Общество «Пушкинский проект»
  • Чтение лекций и научное руководство на семинаре для учителей «Эпоха дворцовых переворотов 18 века: власть и люди». Февраль 2016. Санкт-Петербург


  • Анисимов Е. В., Базарова Т. "Центр общинной провинции": Великий Новгород в эпоху Петра I: Хрестоматия. Великий Новгород : Новгородский государственный университет, 2015.


  • Anisimov E. V.Rusijos istorija: nuo Riuriko iki Putino. Žmonės. Įvykiai. Datos / Пер. с рус. V : Mokslo ir enciklopedijų leidybos centras, 2014.
  • Анисимов Е. В.История одного преступления. Ограбление почты в XIX в. // В кн.: Российская Академия художеств. Научные труды Вып. 31: Вопросы теории культуры. СПб. : [б.и.], 2014. С. 81-107.


  • Ideya imperii pri Petre Velikom [The Idea of Empire Under Peter the Great] // Imperio. Nella storia della Russia tra realta e nostalgia. Napoli : M.D'Auria, 2013.
  • Ot Riurika do Putina. Liudi. Sobytiya. Daty [From Rurik to Putin. People. Events. Dates.] SPB: Piter, 2013.
  • Anisimov, E. V. Pis’mo turetskomu sultanu. Obrazy Rossii glazami istorika [Letter to a Turkish Sultan. Images of Russia Through the Eyes of an Historian.] SPB: Arka, 2013.
  • Stolitsy i provintsiya. Materialy IV mezhdunarodnogo Kongressa petrovzkykh gorodov, g. St. Petersburg, 8-9 iunya 2012 [Capitols and Provinces: Material from the 4th International Congres of Petrine Cities, St. Petersburg, June 8-9th, 2012.] // Editor: E. V. Anisimov. SPB: European House, 2013.
  • Khronologiya rossijskoi istorii. Rossiya i mir [Chronology of Russian History. Russia and the World.] // SPB: Piter, 2013.



  • Aleksandr Pervyi: pro et contra. Lichnost’ I deyaniya Aleksandra I v otsenke rossijsikh issledovatelei. Antologiya [Alexander I: pro et contra. The Personality and Deeds of Alexander I in the Evaluation of Russian Researchers. Anthology.] SPB: Russian Christian Humanitarian Academy Press, 2012.
  • Peterburg-Petrograd-Leningrad: Al’bom-katalog fotootrkytok. 1895-1941 gody [Petersburg-Petrograd-Leningrad: An Album of Photo Greeting Cards, 1895-1941.] // Ed. V. Tretyakov. SPB: Garden of the Arts, 2012.
  • Petrovskie relikvii v sobraniyakh Rossii i Evropy [Peter’s Relics in Collections of Russia and Europe]. Materials from the Third International Congress of Petrine Cities, St. Petersburg, June 8-9th, 2011. // Ed. E. V. Anisimov. SPB: European House, 2012.
  • Praviteli Rossii. Al’bom [The Rulers of Russia. An Album]. SPB: Golden Lion, 2012.
  • Sled na zemle [Trace on the Earth.] // In Petr zheleznyi. Peter Velikij i tul’skij krai: fakty, giptezy, dokumenty. [Peter the Iron. Peter the Great and the Tula Region: Facts, Hypotheses, Documents.] SPB: European House, 2012.
  • Tainy zapretnogo imperatora [Secrets of the Forbidden Emperor.] // Reprinted in the book “Ivan VI Antonovich” (2008. M: Veche, 2012.



  • Anisimov E. V. Istoriya Rossii ot Riurika do Medvedeva: Liudi, sobytiya, daty [The History of Russia from Rurik to Medvedev: People, Events, Dates.] // 3rd printing, supplemented. SPB, Piter, 2011.
  • Kul’turnye initsiativy Petra Velikogo [Cultural Initiatives of Peter the Great.] // In the book Cultural Initiatives of Peter the Great: Material from the 2nd International Congress of Petrine Cities. St. Petersburg, June 9-11, 2010. Including E. V. Anisimov, M. G. Vadeisha, A. B Kobak; Eds. E. V. Anisimov, N. L. Korsakova. SPB: European House, 2011. P. 20-25.
  • Kul’turnye initsiativy Petra Velikogo [Cultural Initiatives of Peter the Great.] // Cultural Initiatives of Peter the Great: Material from the 2nd International Congress of Petrine Cities. St. Petersburg, June 9-11, 2010. Including E. V. Anisimov, M. G. Vadeisha, A. B Kobak; Eds. E. V. Anisimov, N. L. Korsakova. SPB: European House, 2011.
  • Anisimov E. V., Besov A. G., Kamensky A. B., Karevin A. S., Kocheragov K. A., Kurukin I. V., Plokhy S. Obsuzhdenie monografii T. G. Tairovoi-Yakovlevoi: “Ivan Mazepa I Rossijskaya imperiya: Istoriya “predatel’stva” [A Discussion of T. G. Tairov-Yakovlev’s Monograph “Ivan Mazep and the Russian Empire: A History of Betrayal.”] Moscow: Tsentropoligraf, 2011. 525 pages. // Studia Slavica et Balcanica Petropolitana. 2011. No. 2. P. 115-162.
  • Petr Velikij—demiurg novoi russkoi kul’tury [Peter the Great: Demiurge of Russian Culture.] // In the book Cultural Initiatives of Peter the Great: Material from the 2nd International Congress of Petrine Cities. St. Petersburg, June 9-11, 2010 / Including E. V. Anisimov, M. G. Vadeisha, A. B Kobak; Eds. E. V. Anisimov, N. L. Korsakova. SPB: European House, 2011. P. 20-25.
  • Pogruzhenie v provintsial’nost’: Velikij Novgorod pri Petre Velikom [Immersion in Provincialism: Novgorod under Peter the Great.] // In the book Novgorodika 2010. Novgorod Veche. Proceedings of the International Scientific-pratical Conference. / Including D. B. Tereshkina. Velikij Novgorod: 2011. P. 9-16.
  • Imperatorskaya Rossiya [Imperial Russia.] SPB: Piter, 2011.


  • Istoriya Rossii ot Riurika do Putina. Liudi. Sobytiya. Daty [The History of Russia from Rurik to Putin. People. Events. Dates.] Piter, 2010.
  • Afrodita u vlasti. Tsarstvovanie Elizavety Petrovny [Aphrodite in Power. The Reign of Elizabeth Petrovna.] ACT, 2010.
  • Peterburg vremen Petra Velikogo [Petersburg in the Time of Peter the Great.] Moscow: Tsentropoligraf, 2010.
    •    Kuda zh nam plyt’? Rossiya posle Petra Velikogo [Where Shall We Go? Russia After Peter the Great.] ACT, Astrel’, 2010.


  • Petr Velikij: Lichnost’ i reformy [Peter the Great: Personality and Reforms]. SPB: Piter, 2009.
  • Bagration. ZhZL Series. Molodaya gvardia [Young Guard], 2009.


  • Ivan VI Antonovich. ZhZL Series. Young Guard, 2008.
  • Imperatorskaya Rossiya [Imperial Russia]. SPB: Piter, 2008.
  • Peterburg vremen Petra Velikogo [Petersburg in the Time of Peter the Great.] (repringted in the book “The Young City”) Moscow-SPB: Tsentropoligraf, 2008.
  • Petr Velikij i Novgorod [Peter the Great and Novgorod] // Velikij Novgorod. History and Culture of the 9th-17th Centuries. Encyclopedic dictionary. SPB, 2007, 380 pages.
  • Tri veka arkhitektury [Three Centuries of Architecture.] SPB: Norint, 2008.
  • Zhenshchiny na rossijskom prestole [Women on the Russian Throne.] SPB: Piter, 2008.
  • Plennitsy sud’by [Captives of Fate.] SPB: Piter, 2008.


  • Dvortsovye tainy. Rossiya, vek XVIII [Palace Secrets. Russia of the 18th Century.] SPB, 2007. 2nd supplement and redaction.
  • Plennitsy sud’by [Captives of Fate.] SPB, 2007. Audio Book, 14 hours, 2008.
  • Peter the Great. Compiler and editor. OGI.
  • Romanovy. Imperatory Rossii [The Romanovs. Emperors of Russia.] Abris Press. SPB-Peterhoff, 2007 (also in English, French, and German).
  • Aleksei Tolstoi i sud’ba ego romana “Petr Pervyi” v literature, nauke i na ekrane [Aleksei Tostoy and the Fate of His Novel “Peter the First” in Literature, Science, and on Screen.] // Historical Memory and Society of the Russian Empire and Soviet Union (late 19th-early 20th century). International colloquium. Academic reports. SPB, 2007, p. 5-12.
  • Peterburgskie obmany [Petersburg Tricks.] // Hermitage, spring 2007, No. 6, p. 17-21.
  • Dokumenty po istorii Velikogo Novgoroda petrovskoi epokha [Documents on the History of Velikij Novgorod of the Petrine Era] (co-author.) // Novgorod Archives. 2007, No. 6, p. 145-174.
  • Imperatritsa Ekaterina Velikaya [Emperor Catherine the Great]. SPB: Arka, 2007.
  • Velikij Novgorod v epokhu petrovskikh preobrazovanij. Konets XVII-nachalo XVIII [Velikij Novgorod in the Era of Peter’s Reforms. Late 17th-early 18th Centuries.] Collection of documents. Novgorod, 2007.


  • Velikij Novgorod i tserkovnaya politika Petra Velikogo [Velikij Novgorod and the Church Policy of Peter the Great.] // Chelo, 2006. No. 2, p. 12-15.
  • History of Russia. From Rurik to Putin. People, Events, Dates. SPB, 2006. 2007 and 2009 reprints. Audiobook, 22 hours in 2008.
  • Dvortsovye tainy. Rossiya, vek XVIII [Palace Secrets. Russia of the 18th Century.] SPB, 2006.
  • Zamechaniya istorika [Observations of a Historian.] // Literary cubes, volume 2, SPB, 2006, p. 384-388.
  • Dokumenty o Velikom Novgorode epokhi petrovskikh preobrazovanij v archive SPBII RAN [Documents on Velikij Novgorod in the Era of Petrine Reforms in the St. Petersburg Historical Institute’s Archives.] // Yaroslavl the Wise Novgorod State University Bulletin. 2006, No. 38, p. 28-32 (co-author).
  • Vlasi’ i reformy. Ot samoderzhavnoi k Sovetskoi Rossii [Power and Reform.  From Autocratic to Soviet Russia] (coauthor, not mentioned in reprint.) Moscow: OLMA-PRESS. 2006. P. 103-182.
  • Pravyashchaya elita Russkogo gosudarstva IX-nachalo XVIII v. Ocherki istorii [The Ruling Elite of the Russian State from the 9th – early 18th Century. Essays on History] (coauthor). SPB. Dmitrii Bulanin. 2006.


  • Samoderzhavie XVIII veka: pravo pravit’ bez prava [18th Century Autocracy: The Right to Rule Without Right.] // Nestor, 2005, No. 7, p. 200-207.
  • Mosckovskoi oboroten’ Ban’ka Kain [The Moscow Werewolf Vanka Kain.] // Tal’on, No. 1, 2005, p. 82-97.
  • Povsednevnost’ v rossijskoi istoriografii: sostoyanie, tendentsii, perspektivy [A Slice of Life in Russian Historiography: Condition, Trends, Perspectives.] // New Directions and Results in Russian Studies. Collection of Reports. Budapest, 2005, p. 18-23.
  • Sud’ba zelenoglazogo proidokhi: arkhiepiskop Feofan Prokopovich [The Fate of the Green-Eyed Rascal: Archbishop Theofan Prokopovich.] // Tal’on, No. 4, 2005, p. 88-98.
  • Mig mezhdu poshlym i budushchim. Spory vokrug Dvortsovoi ploshchadi s tochki zreniya peterburgskogo snobizma. Interv’iu [An Instant Between the Past and Present. Conflicts Surrounding Palace Square from the Perspective of Petersburg Snobbery. An Interview.] // Gorod [City], No. 43, 2005, p. 22-23.
  • O tak nazyvaemykh predposylkakh petrovskikh reform [On the So-Called Prerequisites of Petrine Reform.] // Reports from the conference “Society, State, Supreme Power in Russia in the Middle Ages and the New Era in the Context of European and Asian History (10th-18th Centuries). International conference dedicated to the 100th anniversary of L. V. Cherepin’s birth. Moscow, November 30-December 2, 2005, p. 9.


  • Tsar i Gorod. Petrovskij Peterburg [Tsar and City. Petrine Petersburg.] SPB, Norint, 2004.
  • Russkaya pytka. Politicheskij sysk v Rossii XVIII veka [Russian Torture. Political Investigation in 18th Century Russia.] SPB, Norint, 2004.
  • The Fate of St. Petersburg in the History of Russia. Reflections on the Tercentenary // Russian Society and Culture and the Long Eighteenth Century. Munster, 2004.
  • Patronat i klientela v istorii Rossii [Patronage and Clientele in Russian History] (material for a round table discussion). // New Political History. Volume 4. SPB, 2004. P. 255-277.
  • Peter I. Pannonica, Budapest, 2004 (in Hungarian.)
  • Ot Pikulya do “Kruglogo stola” [From Pikul’ to “The Round Table.”] // Ab Imperio, 2004, № 4, p. 413-418.
  • Aleksei Tolstoi i sud’ba ego romana “Petr Pervyi” v literature, nauke i na ekrane [Aleksei Tostoy and the Fate of His Novel “Peter the First” in Literature, Science, and on Screen.] // Europa Orientalis. XXIII, 2004. No. 1. P. 303-314.
  • Five Empresses. Court Life in Eighteenth-Century Russia. Westport, Connecticut. London. 2004.