Martin Aust
Prof. Dr. Martin Aust

Prof. Dr. Martin Aust

University of Bonn
Institute of History
Department of Eastern European History
Adenauerallee 4–6
D-53113 Bonn
Phone: +49 / (0)228 / 73 9304
martin.aust[at]uni-bonn.de


Current Position

  • Professor for History and Culture of Eastern Europe and Russia

Research

At Bonn University, Martin Aust has continued his work on early modern Russia. The department of Eastern European and Russian History of Bonn University is currently working to establish a European forum on Premodern Russian History. Research topics include politics, society and religion in premodern Russia, varieties of dependency in the premodern Russian empire and comparative perspectives. In regard to politics and society, it is remarkable that it was not only peasants who were enslaved in premodern Russia. Russian nobles used to call themselves slaves of the Tsar in their correspondence with the ruler. Thus, premodern society in Russia displays multiple layers of dependency. It is still an open question as to how this multi-layered dependency played out in various regions of the expanding empire from the sixteenth into the eighteenth centuries.

3 books, 7 edited volumes, 36 scientific papers. 17 international lectures and presentations, 4 ongoing doctorate theses, 35 Magister, Master and Bachelor theses as supervisor/first reviewer.

Education

  • 2008                            Habilitation and Venia legendi in Eastern European and Russian History
  • 1999–2002                Ph.D. in Eastern European and Russian History, Free University Berlin, Germany
  • 1993–1998                M.A. in Modern History, Eastern and Southeastern European History and Political Science, University of Hanover and Free University Berlin, Germany

Academic Positions

  • 2015–present            Professor for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe and Russia, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2015                            Visiting Professor at the Department of History, University of Basel, Switzerland
  • 2010–2015                Professor for Eastern and Russian History, University of Munich (LMU) and University of Regensburg, Germany
  • 2003–2010                Research Associate at the Department of History, CAU Kiel, Germany
  • 2002–2003                Research Associate at the Center for Comparative History of Europe, Berlin, Germany

Participation in Centers and Collaborative Projects

  • 2015–present            Research Associate
  • 2012                            Founding Member of the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies at the University of Munich (LMU), Germany

Additional Academic Activities

  • Co-editor of the series "Imperial Subjects: Autobiographik und Biographik im imperialen Kontext" [Imperial Subjects: Autobiography and Biography in Imperial Context]
  • Reviewer for national and international research foundations and scientific journals
  • external member of an appointment committee for a chair of Eastern European History at a German university (2015)

Third-Party Funding

  • German Research Foundation DFG-SNF research project "Imperial Subjects" (University of Munich (LMU) and University of Basel 2013–2016)
  • DAAD Summer Schools (2012–2015)
  • German Research Foundation (DFG) Heisenberg Fellowship (granted in 2010, declined due to a professorship at the University of Munich (LMU))
  • conferences funded by the ZEIT Foundation (2005) and the Thyssen Foundation (2008)
  • Total sum of approximately € 0.5 million

Selected Publications

  • 2017. Die Russische Revolution. Vom Zarenreich zum Sowjetimperium. Munich: C.H. Beck.

  • and Frithjof Benjamin Schenk, eds. 2015. Imperial Subjects. Autobiographische Praxis in den Vielvölkerreichen der Romanovs, Habsburger und Osmanen im 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhundert. Imperial Subjects 1. Cologne: Böhlau.

  • and Julia Obertreis, eds. 2014. Osteuropäische Geschichte und Globalgeschichte. Quellen und Studien zur Geschichte des östlichen Europa 83. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag.

  • ed. 2013. Globalisierung imperial und sozialistisch. Russland und die Sowjetunion global 1851–1991. Globalgeschichte 13. Frankfurt am Main: Campus.

  • Aleksej I. Miller, and Ricarda Vulpius, eds. 2010. Imperium Inter Pares. Роль Трансферов в Истории Российской Империи (1700–1917). Historia Rossica. Moscow: Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie.

  • Krzysztof Ruchniewicz, and Stefan Troebst, eds. 2009. Verflochtene Erinnerungen. Polen und seine Nachbarn im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert. Visuelle Geschichtskultur 3. Cologne: Böhlau.

  • 2009. Polen und Russland im Streit um die Ukraine. Konkurrierende Erinnerungen an die Kriege des 17. Jahrhunderts in den Jahren 1934 bis 2006. Forschungen zur osteuropäischen Geschichte 74. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.

  • and Daniel Schönpflug, eds. 2007. Vom Gegner lernen. Feindschaften und Kulturtransfers im Europa des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts. Frankfurt am Main: Campus.

  • and Ludwig Steindorff, eds. 2007. Russland 1905. Perspektiven auf die erste Russische Revolution. Kieler Werkstücke F: Beiträge zur osteuropäischen Geschichte 9. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.

  • 2003. Adlige Landstreitigkeiten in Russland. Eine Studie zum Wandel der Nachbarschaftsverhältnisse 1676–1796. Forschungen zur osteuropäischen Geschichte 60. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.

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