This series of SLAVIC EURASIAN STUDIES develops
trans-boundary analyses on the evolving Slavic Eurasian areas. Slavic
Eurasia covers the post-communist countries and regions, first of all.
However, it is not only a geographical term, but also works as a
heuristic concept for better and more realistic interpretations of the
changing Eurasian continent under the impacts of globalization. Slavic
Eurasia is, according to our understanding, a Mega-area, consisting of
Meso-areas. Meso-areas emerge from the post-communist spaces and their
formation is in various ways and degrees influenced not only by their
internal factors but also by external regional integration such as EU
enlargement, Islamic recovery, or East Asian economic growth.
Therefore, a Meso-area is not a consolidated spatial framework, but
rather a hypothetical term to understand emerging identities in a
meso-level between the local or national level and a Mega-area level.
Thus Slavic Eurasia, a Mega-area, in turn, loosely binds Meso-areas,
sharing the communist experiences, other historical heritages, and
politico-economic tasks to be solved in their systemic transformation
lasting at least for several decades.
Each volume of the series examines some factors of the
Eurasia, and gives credible interpretations on the dynamic relations
among Meso-areas, regional integration, the Mega-area and
Publication of this series and the related research
“Making a Discipline of Slavic Eurasian Studies,” are financed by the
21st Century COE grants of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports,
Sciences and Technology from 2003 to 2008. These projects involve
scholars not only domestically but also internationally, and the
organizing engine of the program, the Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido
University, serves as a worldwide hub for creating a new approach to
Slavic Eurasian Studies.
27th November, 2003
Dr. IEDA Osamu, Program
Professor, Slavic Research