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Salute To Aron Gurevich

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This chapter discusses all that historiography of the twentieth century owes to Russian medievalist Aron Gurevich. Gurevich's work was written and elaborated upon against the background of the problems of researching and writing history in the erstwhile Soviet Union, and later in the early years of Russia's "desovietisation". He devoted several of his works to Scandinavian culture one of the bases and sources of his rich historical vision. Aron Gurevich is largely known in the West for his 1983 work entitled Categories of Medieval Culture, which was part of a prestigious series of the Editions Galliard. He succeeded in carrying out fruitful dialogues with historians belonging to different academic cultures to highlight both his proximity to them as well as his distance. Gurevich has also made a major contribution to the much discussed problem of the emergence of the individual in the medieval West.

Keywords: Aron Gurevich; medieval individual; Russia; Scandinavian culture



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