Cultural Developments and Imperial Policies at the Margins of Europe (1800-1918)
This research interest covers political and cultural history of the XIXth century. Its purpose is to study in a comparative way the policies of the three empires then ruling Eastern Europe (Russian, Austrian and Ottoman), in order to assess how they influence the cultural development of their peripheral territories, particularly their cities, at a time where national identities were emerging. This case study, which borrows some of its methods to social sciences and particularly to sociology, is centered on an area located at the junction of these three Eastern European empires, and in particular on the cities of Odessa (Russia), Iasi (Ottoman Empire) and Sibiu/Hermannstadt (Austria).
A highlight on Odessa, as a multicultural place in Europe was presented in an international symposium European Places in March 2008 and published in the book Lieu d'Europe in 2008. Before that, the cultural athmosphere of Saint-Petersburg and Odessa during the first half of the XIXth century had been covered in the PhD thesis (see chapter V and VIII of the book Réinventer la tradition. Alexandre Stourdza et l´Europe de la Sainte-Alliance.