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Laboratory for Western European and Mediterranean Historical Studies

Invited researcher Alan Forrest
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As of 18.05.2020

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Name of the project: Methods of implementation of liberal values in regions of the tradition culture in the New Times

Strategy for Scientific and Technological Development Priority Level: д, ж

Goals and objectives

Research directions: history of countries of Western Europe and the Mediterranean region

Project objective:

Study of historical experience of usage of methods of implementation of liberal values in the regions with the traditional culture by European enlightened elites of the New Times, analysis of social consequences of such practices and various forms of resistance against such from the populations preserving the traditional culture

The practical value of the study

  • We have conducted a comparative study of a wide range of methods used in the end of the 18th century and in the 19th century in Western European enlightened elites to implement liberal values in regions with domination of traditional cultures such as France, Italy, Egypt, as well as assessment of social consequences of corresponding practices and efficiency of various forms of resistance against them from local populations.
  • The Laboratory has analyzed verbal practices used by enlightened elites of France to form a liberal discourse about «the Different» with the purpose of affirmation of their own identity and social mobilization to support the corresponding policies.
  • Our researchers have found methods of targeted infiltration of the liberal discourse via propaganda and other forms of ideological intervention in Italy.
  • We have determined methods of political and ideological intervention of enlightened elites into Italy to form social groups that would be most sensitive to the new value system and to elevate the social role of such within the regions with the traditional culture.
  • The Laboratory has investigated methods of forced implementation of the liberal-democratic paradigm in the context of French military occupation of Egypt and assessed efficiency of such practices.
  • We have studied social consequences usage of different methods of implementation of liberal-democratic paradigms in Italy and Egypt.
  • We have uncovered the mechanisms of birth of different forms of resistance of carriers of the traditional cultures against practices of implementation of liberal values from the outside in the corresponding regions.

Education and career development:

  • We have organized 14 internships abroad for students, postgraduates and young scientists at leading research centers of Europe and academic trips to work at European libraries and archives.

  • Our researchers have developed 2 lecture courses and implemented into the education process: «Introduction to the speciality» (for bachelors of the Faculty of History) and «Fundraising» (for masters of the Faulty of History).
  • The Laboratory organized and held the «Age of revolutions 1750-1914 in Western Europe and the Mediterranean region» and «Resistance against New Age revolutions» international scientific schools.

  • The Laboratory compiled a textbook: A. V. Chudinov «The essence of the enlightened absolutism policies» Moscow, GAUGN-Press. 2018. Study guide. «Hard questions of the history» series.
  • We have provided an opportunity for two students to study foreign languages at career enhancement courses.


  • Cardiff University (United Kingdom): joint research and scientific events, the international round table «War and revolution. 1750–1918».
  • Napoleon Foundation (France): joint research, internships of students, postgraduates and young members of the academic staff.
  • N. G. Chernyshevskiy Saratov State University (Russia): joint scientific events, organization of the   «The Napoleon Era: history and image» international conference.
  • Saint Petersburg State University (Russia): joint scientific events, organizing the «Napoleon and 19th century Europe» round table.
  • Ural Federal University: joint scientific events, organisation of the international academic seminars «The anniversaries of the Napoleonic wars and the First World War: the Party policies and the historical memory» and «The Napoleonic wars and the First World War in the memory policies and the historical memory of nations: the problem of the modern comprehension».
  • Ural State Pedagogical University: joint scientific events, organisation of the international scientific conference «Napoleon and the Revolution».
  • State Public Historical Library: joint scientific events, organisation of the round tables «The Revolutionary France and the world» and «The New Russian school» in the historiography of the French revolution: publications of 2019»

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Murrey-Miller G.
Civilazation, Modernity and Europe: the Making and Unmaking of Conceptual Unity. History. The Journal of Historic Association 103(3): 418–433 (2018).
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