About the Department
The Department of Modern and Contemporary History (of the European, American, Asian and African countries) was formed in 1993 due to the reorganization of the World History department. The department's teachers read two and one yearlong basic compulsory courses: "Modern History of European and American Countries", "Contemporary History of European and American Countries", "Modern History of Asian and African Countries", "Contemporary History of Asian and African Countries", as well as special elective courses in source studies of modern and contemporary history, methodology, historiography, on the U.S. and Britain history, the constitutional history of India, history of the Arabian East, political history of Ethiopia and Ethiopia-Russia relations, cross-cultural dialogue between Russia, the U.S., Africa and the Middle East.
According to their major areas of interest students can choose the topic for their qualifying thesis work to be developed under the supervision of the department’s teachers from a wide variety of topical subjects in modern and contemporary history of the West and East civilizations. The department is responsible for teaching History profile education option in the M.A. Pedagogical education Degree (in two years) and the postgraduate program in modern and contemporary history in the Ph.D. Degree (in three years for full-time postgraduate students and four years for part-time postgraduate students).
The department's academic work is focused on the general subject “West-East: state, society, culture”. It is dealing with the history and factors of the West and East civilizations, the social and political processes, party systems, national movements, international politics and cross-cultural dialogue.
Major publications of the Department's academic staff include: “Trade Relations between the USSR and Near and Middle East Countries (1922–1939)” (D. A. Makeev, 1983); “Political History of the Asia and North Africa Countries. Vol. 2. (co-author D. A. Makeev, 1996); “Russia–Africa: Glimpses of History of Diplomatic and Economic Relations (the 1st Half of the 20th Century)” (D. A. Makeev, 2011); “U.S. Party System: Principles of its Functioning. History and Contemporary Tendencies. Part 2, 1918-1988” (co-author I.K. Lapshina, 1989); “Divided Government in the U.S.A. (Internal Policy Aspect)” (I.K. Lapshina, 2008); “The Origins of Modern Democracy. Political Ideas of the English Enlightenment (1689–1714)” (T. L. Labutina, 1994); “The Upbringing and Education of the English Woman in the 17th Century” (T. L. Labutina, 2001); “Englishmen in Pre-Peter Russia” (T. L. Labutina, 2011); “The English Enlightenment: Socio-Political and Pedagogical Ideas” (co-authors: T. L. Labutina, D. V. Ilyin 2011); “Russia-Ethiopia Diplomatic and Cultural Relations in the late 19th-early 20th Centuries” (N.V. Malygina-Aronina, 2005).
Irina K. Lapshina, PhD History, Professor, Head of the Department
The graduate of Moscow State University (1979). Ph. D. in U.S. History, Moscow State University (1983). Second Ph.D. (“Doctorskaya”) in U.S. History, Institute of General History, Russian Academy of Science (2009). Visiting scholar at the Department of Political Science, Illinois State University (Normal, U.S.A., 1991). The participant of the Democracy Education Exchange Project and Bloomington Seminar on Civic Education (Washington, D.C., - Bloomington, Indiana, USA, 2002). The Fellow of the Eccles Center for American Studies at the British Library (1998). The member of Vladimir State Pedagogical University team in the European Pre-Jep Tempus projects with the Universities of Exeter (England), Santander (Spain), Osnabruck (Germany) in 1994–1995; 1997. Irina Lapshina is the member of the Council of the Russian Association of historians of the United States.
Field of interest: the U.S.A. socio-political history in the post-war period, the problem of the divided government; cross-cultural exchange between the U.S.A., Russia and European countries; civic education.
Dmitry A. Makeev, PhD History, Professor
Field of Interest: Modern and Contemporary History of Asia and Africa, history of Middle East-Russia relations, socio-political history of the Arab Countries.
Tatiana L. Labutina, PhD History, Professor, Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of General History (Russian Academy of Science)
Field of Interest: English Enlightenment, history of the British feminism, cross-cultural exchange between Britain and Russia.
Natalya V. Aronina, PhD History, Associate Professor
Field of Interest: Modern and Contemporary history of Ethiopia, history of Ethiopia-Russia relations, history of Historical Science.
Olga V. Zakharova, PhD History, Associate Professor
Field of Interest: Modern and Contemporary history of Great Britain and Canada, British Empire strategy of devolution in Canada, international politics in 1900-1945.
Alexey V. Borzov, PhD History, Assistant Professor
Field of Interest: history of Church-State relations in the United States of America in the 20th century, history of the Orthodox Christian Church in America.
The Department of Modern and Contemporary History is playing an essential role in the developing international contacts between the History faculty and the U.S. and British Universities. Being the Dean of the History faculty Irina Lapshina was invited to Illinois State University (Normal, USA) as an exchange scholar to teach an advanced course on contemporary Soviet politics at the Department of the Political Sciences in the spring of 1991. She was instrumental in establishing an exchange program with Illinois State University and professional contacts with the members of the ISU History Department, especially Professors Joseph Grable and Don Davis, and Professor Norma Nunnan of Augsburg College (Minnesota), who later came to Vladimir State University to teach various courses on the U.S. history and politics. As the chair of the Vladimir-Canterbury-Bloomington-Normal Sister cities Association Irina Lapshina did a lot to organize visits of the British scholars from Kent and Christ Church Universities (Canterbury, Great Britain). The Department of Modern and Contemporary History organizes international panel discussions on the problems of world history, cross-cultural dialogue and higher education policy in the U.S.A., the European Union and Russia. The Department has steady contacts with the Institute of General History of the Russian Academy of Science, the History Faculty of Moscow State University named after M. V. Lomonosov, the History Faculty of Saint Petersburg State University and other leading Universities.
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