Yoko Aoshima

Yoko Aoshima

Associate Professor
European History; Central and East European Modern History; History of the Russian Empire

Contact: yoko.aoshima@slav.hokudai.ac.jp

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Yoko Aoshima


2010 Ph.D., European History, University of Tokyo
1999 M.A., European History, University of Tokyo
1997 B.A., European History, University of Tokyo

Field of Study:

My research theme is the ruling system of the Russian Empire. While working on my Ph.D. thesis, I examined the change of state and society during Russia’s Great Reforms, focusing on the field of education. In the process, I became interested in schools in the northwestern province. Since then, I have been engaged in topics on the relationship between the western border regions of the Russian Empire and the imperial core. I surveyed the governmental efforts to train elementary school teachers in the northwestern province after the Great Reforms, which affected the formation of an empire-wide schooling system. My recent research interests concern the change in the relationship between the border regions and the imperial core at the beginning of the twentieth century: the transforming process of the governmental policy, administrative practices of the western border regions, and the changing atmosphere of the various sections of imperial society. My current target areas are the Baltic provinces and the Grand Duchy of Finland as well as the northwestern and southwestern provinces. I attempt to consider all of these issues within the framework of the wide-ranging history of central and eastern Europe as well as the whole system of the Russian and Soviet Empires.

Recent Publications (Selected):

Edited Books:
(with Darius Staliūnas) Dilemmas of Nationalization in Russia's Western Borderlands, 1905-1915 (Budapest: Central European University Press), forthcoming.
Entangled Interactions between Religion and National Consciousness in Central and Eastern Europe (Boston, MA: Academic Studies Press, 2020)

Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

Реформа имперского общества: перемены в языковой политике в школах западных окраин Российской империи в 1904–1905 гг.// Миллеровские чтения—2018: Преемственность и традиции в сохранении и изучении документального академического наследия: Материалы II Международной научной конференции, 24–26 мая 2018 г., Санкт-Петербург / сост. и отв. ред. д.и.н. И.В.Тункина. СПб.: «Реноме», 2018. . С. 506-514
“Forging Peasants into Imperial Subjects: Village-Teacher Training Policies in the Russian Empire,” Journal of Historical Studies 962, 2017, 37–53 (in Japanese).
“Memoirs of Dmitri Milyutin,” in Series: The Turning Point of the History, vol.9, ed. Hisao Komatsu (Tokyo: Yamakawa Shuppansha, 2018), 128–175 (in Japanese).
“How to Train Narod School Teachers in the Russian Empire after the Emancipation: A Case Study of the Voronezh Teachers' Seminary,” Journal of Intercultural Studies 47, 2016, 1–24 (in Japanese).
“The Paradigm of the Imperial Ruling: In the Case of “Confessional Engineering” in the Russian Empire,” in Rethinking on Verfassungsgeschichte, eds. Yoshiro Ikeda and Kayoko Yoshida (Tokyo: Tosui Syobo, 2015), 121–157 (in Japanese).
“The Great Reforms and Glasnost’,” in Rethinking Russian History Based on New Materials, ed. Takeshi Nakashima (Tokyo: Yamakawa Shuppansha, 2013), 32–52 (in Japanese).
“Between Indifference and Overreaction: A Note on ‘Narod Schools’ in the Northwestern Provinces of the Russian Empire in the 1860s,” in From Krakow to Vilnius, ed. Tokimasa Sekiguchi (Tokyo: Tokyo University of Foreign Studies) 2013, 37–46.
“The Emancipation and Narod Education: A Study on Formation of Narod Schools in the Era of Great Reforms),” Russian Studies 90, 2012, 43–65 (in Japanese).
“Petersburg: Brilliance in the Imperial Court and Bustle in the Urban Society,” in The City in Tradition Vol.2, eds. Nobuyuki Yoshida and Takeshi Ito (Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press, 2010), 253–265.
Professionals or Bureaucrats?: Pedagogues and the State During Russia’s Great Reforms,Acta Slavia Iaponica 25, 2008, 89–111.

Courses Taught:

- Society and Culture in Eastern Europe and Russia
- Slavic Cultures
- Modern European History
- Modern Russian History
- General Russian History
- Theory of History
- Russian Area Studies
- Study on Materials of European History
- Russian Text Reading
- Elementary Russian Language

Grants and Fellowships:

- Emerging Nationalisms and Transformation of the Ruling System in Late Imperial Russia: The Case of the Western Borderlands (JSPS Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research B, 2018–2020)
- A Social History of Cultural Interactions among Nations of the Eastern Part of Europe (Mitsubishi Foundation, 2016)
- Formation of Modern Russian Nationalism through Interactions with Nations of the Western Part of the Russian Empire (JSPS Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research C, 2015–2017)
- A Social History of Cultural Interactions among Nations of the Eastern Part of Europe (Academic Promotion Fund, Kikawada Foundation, 2015)
- Uniting Peoples in the Peripheries of the Russian Empire: A Comparative Study on Educational Policies toward the Educational Districts (JSPS Grants-in-Aid for Young Scientists, 2009–2012
- Trans-Border and Comparative Approaches (The Program for the Development of Post-Doctoral Slavic Eurasia Specialists, 2010)
- Teachers in Tsarist Russia and Their Roles in Reconstructing the Imperial Society (JSPS Start-Up Fellowship for Young Scholars, 2007–2009)
- Fellowship for Young Scholars (The Japan-Russian Friendship Organization under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2000–2001)

- Editorial Committee, Study of Russian History (in Japanese) (2006–2007, 2017–2018)