A Working List of Literature on the Black Sea Region


Abulafia, David. “Mediterraneans.” In Rethinking the Mediterranean, edited by W. V. Harris, 64-93. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Ágoston, Gábor. "Military Transformation in the Ottoman Empire and Russia, 1500-1800." Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 12.2 (2011): 281-319.

Balibar, Étienne. We, the People of Europe? – Reflections on Transnational Citizenship. Translated by James Swenson. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2004.

Ballard, Robert D., et al. “Deepwater Archaeology of the Black Sea: The 2000 Season at Sinop, Turkey.” American Journal of Archaeology 105 (2001): 607-623.

Barison, David and Daniel Ross, directors. The Ister. DVD. Brooklyn, NY: Icarus Films, 2004.

Bartov, Omer and Eric Weitz, eds. Shatterzone of Empires: Coexistence and Violence in the German, Habsburg, Russian and Ottoman Borderlands. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013.

Beattie, Andrew. The Danube: A Cultural History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.           

Bhabha, Homi. The Location of Culture. New York: Routledge, 1994.

Biersack, John. “The Geopolitics of Russia’s Annexation of Crimea: Narratives, Identity, Silences, and Energy.” Eurasian Geography and Economics 55 (2014): 247-269.

Bilde, Pia Guldager and Jane Hjarl Petersen. Meetings of Culture in the Black Sea Region: Between Conflict and Coexistence. Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, 2008.

Bilde, Pia Guldager and Vladimir F. Stolba, eds. Surveying the Greek Chora: Black Sea Region in a Comparative Perspective. Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, 2006.

Biliarsky, Ivan, Ovidiu Cristea and Anca Oroveanu, eds. The Balkans and Caucasus: Parallel Processes on the Opposite Sides of the Black Sea. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2012.

Boros, Balázs. “Rivers, Marshes, and Farmlands: Research Perspectives on the Ecological History of Hungary through Examples of Bodrogköz (NE-Hungary).” Hungarian Studies 23 (2009): 195–210.

Bozovic, Marijeta and Matthew Miller, eds. Watersheds: Poetics and Politics of the Danube River. Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2016.

Bratiano, Gheorghe Ioan. La Mer Noire: Des origines a la conquete ottomane. Munich: Societas Academica Dacoromana, 1969.

Braudel, Fernand. The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II. Translated by Siân Reynolds. New York: Harper and Row, 1972 (1949).

Bressler, Michael L. “Water Wars: Siberian Rivers, Central Asian Deserts, and the Structural Sources of a Policy Debate.” In Rediscovering Russia in Asia: Siberia and the Russian Far East, edited by Stephen Kotkin and David Wolff, 240-255. Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, 1995.

Brummett, Palmira Johnson. Ottoman Seapower and Levantine Diplomacy in the Age of Discovery. Albany: SUNY Press, 1994.

Bryer, Anthony A. M. “Greeks and Turkmens: The Pontic Exception.” Dumbarton Oaks Papers 29 (1975): 113-48.

_____. The Empire of Trebizond and the Pontos. London: Variorum Reprints, 1980.

Bryer, Anthony and David Winfield. The Byzantine Monuments and Topography of the Pontos. Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 1985.

Burstein, Stanley M. “Go-Betweens and the Greek Cities of the Black Sea.” World History Connected 10.3 (2013):

Chambers, Ian. Mediterranean Crossings: The Politics of an Interrupted Modernity. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2008.

Chapman, John and Pavel Markovich Dolukhanov. Landscapes in Flux: Central and Eastern Europe in antiquity. Oxford: Oxbow, 1997.

Charron, Austin. “Whose is Crimea?: Contested Sovereignty and Regional Identity.” Region: Regional Studies of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia, Vol. 5, No. 2 (2016): 225–56.

Chen, Cecilia, Janine McLeod and Astrid Neimanis, eds. Thinking with Water. Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 2013.

Clowes, Edith W. Russia on the Edge: Imagined Geographies and Post-Soviet Identity. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2011.

Coates, Peter A. A Story of Six Rivers: History, Culture, and Ecology. London: Reaktion, 2013.

Cronon, William. “A Place for Stories: Nature, History, and Narrative.” Journal of American History 78 (1992): 1347–1376.  

Eames, Andrew. Blue River, Black Sea: A Journey along the Danube into the Heart of the New Europe. London: Black Swan, 2010.

Etkind, Alexander. “Mapping Memory Events in the East European Space.” East European Memory Studies 1 (2010): 4-5.

Feaux de la Croix, Jeanne. “Moving Metaphors We Live By: Water and Flow in the Social Sciences and around Hydroelectric Dams in Kyrgyzstan.” Central Asian Review 30 (2011): 487–502.

Finamore, Daniel, ed. Maritime History as World History. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2004.

Fisher, Alan W. Between Russians, Ottomans and Turks: Crimea and Crimean Tatars. Istanbul: Isis Press, 1998.

Frary, Lucien J. and Mara Kozelsky, eds. Russian-Ottoman Borderlands: The Eastern Question Reconsidered. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2014.

Gauß, Karl-Markus. “The Teachings of the Danube.” In Donau, edited by Inge Morath, 15-23. Vienna: Müller Verlag, 1995.

Ghodsee, Kristen Rogheh. The Red Riviera: Gender, Tourism, and Postsocialism on the Black Sea. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2005.

Giblett, Rod. Postmodern Wetlands: Culture, History, Ecology. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1996.

Gille, Zsuzsa. “Is There a Global Postsocialist Condition?” Global Society 24 (2010): 9–30.

Ginsburg, Faye D., Lila Abu-Lughod and Brian Larkin, eds. Media Worlds: Anthropology on New Terrain. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002.

Green, Sarah. Notes from the Balkans: Locating Marginality and Ambiguity on the Greek-Albanian Border. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2005.

Heikell, Rod. The Danube: A River Guide. St. Ives, UK: Imray, Laurie, Norie, and Wilson, 1991.

Helmreich, Stefan. “Nature/Culture/Seawater.” American Anthropologist 113 (2011): 132–144.

Herlihy, Patricia. Odessa: A History, 1794-1914. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1986.

Herzfeld, Michael, “Practical Mediterraneanism: Excuses for Everything, from Epistemology to Eating.” In Rethinking the Mediterranean, edited by W. V. Harris, 45-63. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Hirschon, Renée, ed. Crossing the Aegean: An Appraisal of the 1923 Compulsory Population Exchange between Greece and Turkey. New York and Oxford: Berghahn, 2003.

Horden, Peregrine, “The Mediterranean and the New Thalassology.” American Historical Review 111 (2006): 722-40.

Horden, Peregrine and Nicholas Purcell. The Corrupting Sea: A Study of Mediterranean History. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2000.

Horden, Peregrine and Sharon Kinoshita, eds. A Companion to Mediterranean History. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014.

Horvat, Srećko and Slavoj Žižek. What Does Europe Want? The Union and Its Discontents. London: Istrosbooks, 2013.

Inalcik, Halil and Donald Quataert, eds. An Economic and Social History of The Ottoman Empire (1300–1914). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1994.

Ivan, Ruxandra, ed. New Regionalism or No Regionalism? Emerging Regionalism in the Black Sea Area. Burlington: Ashgate, 2012.

Josephson, Paul R. “‘Projects of the Century’ in Soviet History: Large-Scale Technologies from Lenin to Gorbachev.” Technology and Culture 36 (1995): 519–559.

King, Charles. The Black Sea: A History. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

–––––. The Ghost of Freedom: A History of the Caucasus. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.

_____. “The Wider Black Sea Region in the Twenty-First Century.” In The Wider Black Sea Region in the 21st Century: Strategic, Economic and Energy Perspectives, edited by Daniel Hamilton and Gerhard Mangott, 1-19. Washington, D.C.: Center for Transatlantic Relations, 2008.

_____. Odessa: Genius and Death in the City of Dreams. New York & London: Norton, 2011.

–––––. Midnight at the Pera Hotel: The Birth of Modern Istanbul. New York & London: Norton, 2014.

King, Jeremy. “The Nationalization of East Central Europe: Ethnicism, Ethnicity, and Beyond.” In Staging the Past: The Politics of Commemoration in Habsburg Central Europe, 1848 to the Present, edited by Maria Bucur-Deckard and Nancy M. Wingfield, 112-152. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2001.

Kohl, Philip L., Mara Kozelsky and Nachman Ben-Yehuda, eds. Selective Remembrances: Archaeology in the Construction, Commemoration, and Consecration of National Pasts. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.

Koromila, Marianna, ed. The Greeks and The Black Sea: From the Bronze Age to The Early 20th Century. Athens: Panorama Cultural Society, 2002.

Kozelsky, Mara. “Casualties of Conflict: Crimean Tatars during the Crimean War.” Slavic Review 67 (2008): 866-891.

_____. Christianizing Crimea: Shaping Sacred Space in the Russian Empire and Beyond. DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 2010.

_____. “A Borderland Mission: The Russian Orthodox Church in the Black Sea Region.” Russian History 40 (2013): 111-132.

Krause, Franz. “What to Do about Flow? A Conversation about a Contested Concept.” Suomen Antropologi: Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society 39 (2014): 89–91.

Ladas, Stephen Pericles. The Exchange of Minorities: Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey. New York: Macmillan, 1932.

Lahiri-Dutt, Kuntala. “Beyond the Water-Land Binary in Geography: Water/lands of Bengal Re-visioning Hybridity.” ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geography 13 (2014): 505–529.

Latour, Bruno. Reassembling the Social: An Introduction to Actor-Network Theory. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2005.

Lefebvre, Henri. The Production of Space. Translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith. Oxford: Blackwell, 1991 (1974).

Lewis, Martin W. and Kären E. Wigen. The Myth of Continents: A Critique of Metageography. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.

Luhmann, Niklas. Social Systems. Translated by John Bednarz, Jr., with Dirk Becker. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1995.

Magocsi, Paul Robert. Historical Atlas of Central Europe. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2002.

Magris, Claudio. Danube. Translated by Patrick Creagh. London: Harvill, 2001.

Manoledakes, Manoles, ed. Exploring the Hospitable Sea: Proceedings of the International Workshop on the Black Sea. Oxford: Archaeopress, 2013.

Matvejević, Predrag. Mediterranean: A Cultural Landscape. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999.

Mazower, Mark. The Balkans: A Short History. New York: Modern Library, 2002.

_____. Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews 1430-1950. New York: Knopf, 2005.

McCarthy, Justin. Death and Exile: The Ethnic Cleansing of Ottoman Muslims, 1821-1922. Princeton, NJ: Darwin Press, 1995.

McLean, Stuart. “Black Goo: Forceful Encounters with Matter in Europe’s Muddy Margins.” Cultural Anthropology 26 (2011): 589–619.

Miller, Matthew D. “Bottled Messages for Europe’s Future? The Danube in Contemporary Transnational Cinema.” In Crossing Central Europe: Continuities and Transformations, 1900–2000, edited by Helga Mitterbauer and Carrie Smith-Prei. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016, forthcoming.

Miller, Peter, ed. The Sea: Thalassography and Historiography. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2013.

Miller, William. Trebizond: The Last Greek Empire of the Byzantine Era 1204-1461. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1969.

Morath, Inge, ed. Donau. Vienna: Müller Verlag, 1995.

Morris, Ian. “Mediterraneanization.” Mediterranean Historical Review 18 (2003): 30-55.

Nadkarni, Maya. “Remains of Socialism: Memory and Anxieties of the National in Postsocialist Hungary.” PhD diss., Columbia University, 2009.

Okey, Robin. “Central Europe/Eastern Europe: Behind the Definitions.” Past & Present 137 (1992): 102–133.

O’Doherty, Marianne, ed. Travels and Mobilities in the Middle Ages from the Atlantic to the Black Sea. Belgium: Brepols Publishers, 2015.

Ostapchuk, Victor. “The Human Landscape of the Ottoman Black Sea in the Face of the Cossack Naval Raids." Oriente moderno  20 (2001): 23-95.

Paces, Cynthia. Prague Panoramas: National Memory and Sacred Space. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. 2009.

Pavličić, Pavao. Dunav. Zagreb: Mozaik knjiga, 2008.

Payne, Alina. “From Riverbed to Seashore: Art on the Move in Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean in the Early Modern Period,” Harvard University—The Getty Foundation Connecting Art Histories Project, 2013.

Peters, Edward. “Quid nobis cum pelago? The New Thalassology and the Economic History of Europe.” Journal of Interdisciplinary History 34 (2003): 49-61.

Pilz, Barbara, Steven Grynwasser, Akos Doma, Anton Holzer and Elisabeth Limbeck-Lilienau. Blue: Inventing the River Danube. Salzburg: Fotohof, 2005.

Prigarin, Alexsandr. Russkie staroobradtsy na Dunae. Odessa: Smile-Archeodoksia, 2010.

Ransborg, K. “Barbarians, Classical Antiquity and the Rise of Western Europe.” Past & Present 137 (1992): 8-24.

Rebić, Goran, director. Donau, Dunaj, Duna, Dunav, Dunărea/The Danube. DVD. Vienna: Filmarchiv Austria, 2012.

Richardson, Tanya. Kaleidoscopic Odessa: History and Place in Contemporary Ukraine. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008.

———. “Objecting (to) Infrastructure: Ecopolitics at the Ukrainian Ends of the Danube.” Science as Culture 24 (2015): 1–21.

———. “On the Limits of Liberalism in Participatory Environmental Governance: Conflict and Conservation in Ukraine’s Danube Delta.” Development and Change 24 (2015): 415–441.

Robarts, Andrew. Migration and Disease in the Black Sea Region: Ottoman-Russian Relations in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2016.

Rockefeller, Stuart Alexander. “Flow.” Current Anthropology 52 (2011): 557–578.

Roth, Klaus. “Rivers as Bridges—Rivers as Boundaries: Some Reflections on Intercultural Exchange on the Danube.” Ethnologia Balkanica 1 (1997): 20–28.

Rusev, Ivan. Ozero Sasyka v plenu ekologicheskogo bezumiia. Kiev: Ekho Vostoka, 1996.

Sasse, Gwendolyn. The Crimea Question: Identity, Transition, and Conflict. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2007.

Schillmeier, Michael and Wiebke Pohler. “The Danube and Ways of Imagining Europe.” Sociological Review 58 (2011): 23–43.

Sidney, George, director. The Red Danube. DVD. Burbank, CA: Warner Archive. 2012.

Siliantieva-Skorobogatova, V., G. Kasim and E. Minkevich, eds. Vilkovo: A Town in the Danube Delta. Odessa: Prychornomoria, 1996.

Solomon, Flavius, Alexandru Zub and Marius Chelcu, eds. Ethnic Contacts and Cultural Exchanges North and West of the Black Sea from the Ottoman Conquest to the Present. Iasi: Trinitas, 2005.

Sonevytsky, Maria. “Wild Music: Ideologies of Exoticism in Two Ukrainian Borderlands.” PhD Diss., Columbia University, 2012.

Stanton, Rebecca. Isaac Babel and the Self-Invention of Odessan Modernism. Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 2012.

Stiegler, Bernard. Technics and Time. Vol. 1: The Fault of Epimetheus. Translated by Richard Beardsworth and George Collins. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1998.

Strang, Veronica. Gardening the World: Agency, Identity, and the Ownership of Water. New York: Berghahn Books, 2009.

Suny, Ronald Grigor. The Making of the Georgian Nation. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1994.

Tanny, Jarrod. City of Rogues and Schnorrers: Russia’s Jews and the Myth of Old Odessa. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2011.

Thorpe, Nick. The Danube: A Journey Upriver From the Black Sea to the Black Forest. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013.

Taki, Viktor. Tsar and Sultan: Russian Encounters with the Ottoman Empire. I.B. Tauris, 2016.

Todorova, Maria. Imagining the Balkans. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Toledano, Ehud R. The Ottoman Slave Trade and Its Suppression: 1840-1890. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014.

Anna Trofimova, ed. Greeks on the Black Sea: Ancient Art from the Hermitage. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2007.

Uehling, Greta Lynn. Beyond Memory: The Crimean Tatars’ Deportation and Return. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.

Van Assche, K., P. Teampau, P. Devlieger and C. Suciu. “Liquid Boundaries in Marginal Marshes: Reconstructions of Identity in the Romanian Danube Delta.” Sociologia Ruralis 53 (2008): 115–133.

Vryonis, Speros. The Decline of Medieval Hellenism in Asia Minor: And the Process of Islamization from the Eleventh through the Fifteenth Century. Vol. 4. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1971.

Vryonis Jr., Speros, ed. The Greeks and the Sea. New Rochelle, NY: Aristide Caratzas, 1991.

Weaver, Carol. The Politics of the Black Sea Region: EU Neighbourhood, Conflict Zone or Future Security Community. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2013.

Wechsberg, Joseph. The Danube: 2,000 Years of History, Myth, and Legend. New York:

            Newsweek, 1979.

Weiner, Amir. Landscaping the Human Garden: Twentieth-Century Population Management in a Comparative Framework. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2003.

Wilson, Andrew. The Ukrainians: Unexpected Nation. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002.

Winder, Simon. Danubia: A Personal History of Habsburg Europe. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2014.                      

Wolff, Larry. Inventing Eastern Europe: The Map of Civilization on the Mind of the Enlightenment. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1994.

World Wildlife Fund. Sustainable Navigation in Ukraine: Alternatives in and around the Ukrainian Danube Delta. Washington, DC: World Wildlife Fund, 2009.

Woolf, Greg, “A Sea of Faith.” Mediterranean Historical Review 18 (2003): 126-143.

Yekelchyk, Serhy. Ukraine: Birth of a Modern Nation. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.