Dear colleagues, readers and friends!
You are reading a new online journal ‘Historia Provinciae – the Journal of Regional History’. First and foremost, our journal addresses historians, but we will be glad to co-operate with researchers in other fields of social and humanitarian knowledge since interdisciplinary approach seems most appropriate for considering the complex phenomenon of province and region. We focus on the broader understanding of the term ‘province’. On the one hand, a province is a part of the country, usually quite remote and opposed to the metropolis. In other words, it is the periphery of the country, its ‘backwoods’ where life slows down its pace and new trends have difficulty to get in. This is the place which resists rapid changes of modern life. On the other hand, the provinces are the place where native traditions, language and culture are preserved and national identity is retained, which makes the provinces unique and valuable in their own way.
‘Region’ is another broad concept. A region is a part of the country such as Northern European Russia and the Urals (if we speak about Russian Federation). At the same time, it is a certain part of the continent, such as Southern or Central Europe (if European vector of history is implied). We accept both interpretations of the concept ‘region’ and hope that its broad interpretation together with the combination of different approaches will result in publishing new research materials which could be of interest both for scholars and for other inquisitive readers.
Our journal is published in parallel in English and in Russian. The bilingualism of the journal appears to be of utmost importance in the globalizing world where the authors reading and writing in Cyrillic might be isolated from the trends of modern scholarship available in the Latin letters. We abandoned the traditional way of presenting the material in English (abstract and key-words) and publish full-text articles in both languages.
Another essential feature of the journal is the availability and openness of all its materials to everyone. The journal is published online and is available to all Internet users. It has no printed version, so the texts can include visual material, maps, charts and pictures which are usually omitted due to technical difficulties and high cost of printing services. We consider visualization to be one of the main ways for modern man to process reading matter and encourage prospective authors to use more visual material in their texts, which facilitates better presentation of the papers and gives aesthetic pleasure to the readers.
Thus, ‘Historia Provinciae – the Journal of Regional History’ begins its own history by welcoming the prospective authors, inviting the readers and hoping for interesting materials and fascinating studies.
Olga Yurievna Solodyankina, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor of the Department of History and Philosophy, Cherepovets State University, Editor-in-Chief of ‘Historia Provinciae – the Journal of Regional History’.