Department of History of Central and Eastern Europe

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The lecturers of the Department teach the following courses: “Russian Civilization till the end of the 18th century” (Docent N.O. Leshkovych), “National movements in the ‘Western borderlands’ of the Russian Empire” (late 18th – early 20th century)”, “Pan-Slavism: Genesis and Evolution” (Docent T. S. Poleshchuk), “Central and Eastern Europe in International Relations” (Docent R. B. Syrota), “Bulgaria and Southwestern Rus: Religious and Cultural Relations in the Last Quarter of the 14 th – the First Half of the 16th century”, “Medieval Serbian State” (Docent I. Ye. Shpyk)

The beginnings of Slavic studies in Lviv date back to the existence of such an educational institution as “Studium Ruthenum” (1787–1808), designed to train primarily future Greek Catholic priests. Organizationally, Slavic studies at Lviv University began to take shape with the establishment of the Departments of Polish (1818) and Ukrainian (in the terminology of the time, Ruthenian) (1848) languages. It was not until 1888 that the Department of Slavic Philology was established focused primarily on the comparative study of Slavic grammar. In the interwar period (1919–1939) Slavic studies at Lviv University covered archeology, ethnology and ethnography. According to documents, the Slavic Department at History Faculty was established at the beginning of the 1945/1946 academic year. The Department of History of Southern and Western Slavs began operating in December 1952. A turning point for the Department of History of Southern and Western Slavs was its merger with the Department of History of the USSR, which was conducted on July 1, 1992 by the order of the Rector. Instead of two, a single department was formed under the name of “Department of History of Slavic Countries”. For some time, US teachers had been working at the department under the CEP program including Dr. M. Baker (2001–2002), Dr. W. Rich (2002–2005), Dr. A. Deacon (2004–2005). Since 1970, the Editorial board of the scientific collection “Problems of Slavonic Studies” has been working at the department, as well as at the Institute of Slavic Studies. Through the efforts of its teachers the department has held international Slavic colloquia since 1992. Thus, Slavic historians of Lviv National University, despite certain difficulties that constantly threatened the very existence of a specialized Slavic department, have made considerable efforts to improve the educational process and development of research at History Faculty. Since 2016, the department has been headed by Professor Leonid Zashkilnyak.


ChairpersonLeonid ZashkilniakChairperson
Associate ProfessorNataliia LeshkovychAssociate Professor
Associate ProfessorTamara PoleshchukAssociate Professor
Associate ProfessorIhor ShpykAssociate Professor
Associate ProfessorRoman SyrotaAssociate Professor
Senior Department SecretarySofiia ShevchukSenior Department Secretary

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In addition to teaching, the lecturers of the Department are actively engaged in research. Their efforts are centered around the Department’s research project “Historical relations of Slavic nations with Ukraine and Ukrainians.”Members of the Department specialize in particular issues: history of Poland and Polish-Ukrainian relations (M.H. Krykun, L.O. Zashkilniak), history of Bulgaria, Bulgarian-Ukrainian relations and history of Slavic Studies (V.P. Chorniy), Bulgarian-Ukrainian relations (I. Ye. Shpyk), history of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, relations between Slavic countries, history of Slavonic Studies (M. M. Kril), the formation of nations in Eastern Europe in the 19th-20th centiries, relations between Slavic countries in the 19th – 20th centuries, history of Russia in the 19-20th centuries, relations between Slavonic countries, history of Russia in the 19th – 20th centuries (T. S. Poleshchuk), Russian-Ukrainian relations in the 19th century, history of Slavic Studies (N. O. Leshkovych),policy of the British government in Central and Eastern Europe in the early 20th century (R. B. Syrota), historical memory and the formation of modern Ukrainian identity within the cultural realm between Poland and Russia in the late 19th – early 20th century (I. I. Matsevko). Other issues of national history of Slavic nations are also being studied. The lecturers of the Department have authored several monographs on the history of Bulgaria, Poland, Slovakia, the Slavonic nations of the Habsburg monarchy, Slavonic and world historiography, as well as methodology of history.

In 2001-2006, Prof. L.O. Zashkilniak served as a co-supervisor of the international research project “The multicultural historical environment of Lviv in the 19th and 20th centuries”. As a result of the project five collections of papers have been published. In 2007-2011, the research project “History – Mentality – Identity. The Role of History and Historians in the Formation of Ukrainian and Polish National Consciousness in the 19th and 20th centuries” (jointly supervised by L.O. Zashkilniak) is to be completed.


Together with the Institute for Historical Research of Ivan Franko National University of Lviv the Department conducts a regular (twice a month) workshop “History and Historiography of Central and Eastern Europe.” The Department is an active participant of both editorial and scientific activities.


Since 1988, the Institute for Slavonic Studies (headed by Docent V.P. Chorniy) and the Centre for Historical Polish Studies (headed by Prof. L.O. Zashkilniak) have been functioning within the Department. The editorial board of the journal “Проблеми слов’янознавства” has been working at the Department since 1970. In 2005, the 55th issues of the journal appeared. Lecturers of the Department of Slavic History and the Department of Slavic Philology have been jointly organizing annual international colloquia for Slavic Studies since 1992. The Department hosted the all-Union conference for Slavic studies (1973), the international scientific conference dedicated to the 1300th anniversary of Bulgaria (1981), a joint symposium of Ukrainian and Bulgarian historians (1989) and international workshops (1988-1997) dedicated to the memory of Prof. D.L. Pokhylevych (the materials of the last workshop were published asa separate volume), as well as other research forums.

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