The battle of Kulikovo, fought between Muscovite and Tatar troops in 1380, has been considered as a crucial turning point in the national history of Russia. In The Battle of Kulikovo Refought Kati Parppei examines the layers of contemporary meanings attached to the event from the Middle Ages to the present, following the formation and establishment of the collective images and perceptions concerning the battle.
By utilizing a diverse set of sources she shows that the present image of the medieval battle was created in retrospect from the 15th century onwards by interpolating, interpreting and simplifying. The narrative themes emphasizing internal unity have been applicable to practically any political situation over the centuries, especially to ones involving external threat.
Kati Parppei, Ph. D. (2010), University of Eastern Finland, is Academy Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor of Russian History at that university. Amongst her previous publications is "The Oldest One in Russia": The Formation of the Historiographical Image of Valaam Monastery (Brill, 2011).