UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Dr Sergei Bogatyrev

Senior Lecturer in Early Russian History

My research interests lie in the history of Muscovite Russia (15th-17th centuries). From 2001 to 2004 I was engaged in a study of localism in Russia. I edited and contributed to a book on this subject (2004). In this work I look at the Muscovite local administration as a complex organisation, which enabled the central authorities to accommodate localism. I have also published extensively on the cultural history of Muscovy. Most of my studies deal with Ivan the Terrible in one way or another. I have published a chapter on Ivan the Terrible in the prestigious Cambridge History of Russia (vol. 1, 2006). I have also published a study of the symbolism of Ivan IV\'s military campaign (2002) and several works on the cultural transformation of the Muscovite autocracy during Ivan's reign and on the relations between Ivan the Terrible and the Church. I am also interested in cross-cultural contacts between Russia and the West in the sixteenth century and the image of Russia in Western Renaissance literature. I am currently working on a book about the first Russian dynasty.

I teach a Group 3 course on Ivan the Terrible and the Russian monarchy in the 16th century, Group 1 courses on the history of Russia from the earliest period to the nineteenth century, and an MA course on Russian Monarchy: Court Ritual and Political Ideas, 1498-1917. I also contribute to various BA and MA courses on source criticism and aspects of Russian history. I would be happy to supervise dissertations on Russian history, religion and culture.


PhD, University of Helsinki, Doctor of Philosophy – History, 2000
LIC, University of Helsinki,  Licentiate – Philosophy, 1994

 Courses Taught

SEHI7010 History of the Soviet Union (BA)
SEHI3006/9006 Ivan the Terrible and the Russian Monarchy in the Sixteenth Century (BA)
SEESGH72 Russian Monarchy: Court Ritual and Political Ideas, 1498-1917 (MA)

Researcher Profile

Dr Sergei Bogatyrev