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The academic journal «Novoe Proshloe / The New Past» (NP/NP) is a journal in interdisciplinary humanities that positiones itself as a supra-national and inter-state journal. The New Past is a peer-reviewed journal publishing original papers in Russian and English on issues, covering such disciplines as history, cultural anthropology, language studies and different hybrid areas of Social Sciences and Humanities without any regional or chronological limitations.

The journal intends to be published four times per year in the form of special issues. We aim to be interesting to our readers, staying within the academic discourse. We use literary allusions in topics of journal issues as a way of updating scientific problems, being aware of conventionality of disciplinary boundaries in human knowledge.

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The annual programme of the NP/NP for 2018
is looking as follows:

«1968: The Year that Rocked the World» (4/2018). The issue is dedicated to the social, cultural and historical phenomenon of 1968, the culmination of so-called “turbulent sixties”, its perception “then and now”. It was a revolt against the system prevailing in the society: Eastern Europe rose up against communism, Western Europe, America, Asia – against capitalism. We propose to look at following events as the “Prague Spring” and the political crisis in Poland; the “red May” in France, the student movement in Germany, Mexico, Turkey, Japan; the ethnopolitical conflict in Ulster (United Kingdom) and Louvain (Belgium); the murder of Martin Luther King and the African-American riots in the United States, and other manifestations of “1968”, which became a household name. The focus is on the theoretical understanding of the phenomenon 1968, specific events and their reflection in the collective memory. Articles are accepted as following the context of the problem, including “revolution of manners”, the ideas of “human rights”, “freedom”, “discrimination”, “equality”.

The annual programme of the NP/NP for 2019
is looking as follows:

«A Hero of our Time» (1/2019). The issue is dedicated to the historical and sociocultural transformations of the concept "the hero of his / our time". The literary allusion referring to the novel M.Yu. Lermontov allows to articulate the problem of a hero and his era, generation, and milieu (or time, environment, a group that chose this or that personality as their "hero") in the full variety of semantic nuances - from the literal understanding of a hero as a headman, a leader, “a ruler of thoughts”, an extraordinary charismatic person capable of "infecting" others with conviction in the rightness of his cause and leading them - to a "reduced" - ironic, sarcastic or even outrageous, "trickster" interpretation of this image. It is intended to pay special attention to the problem of dialectical interdependence of two sides in the controversial tandem of the hero and his time, environment, historical context: not only an outstanding person does personify the era or even really influences the vector of historical development, but also time, society, mass media, groups and parties create their heroes.

«A Map of Homeland» (2/2019). In the materials of this issue we plan to discuss the spatial dimension of Russian history. The literary allusion refers to the book of Peter Weil, which is woven from the texts of various genres, united by the theme of the multifacetedness of the national geographical space and the dissimilarity of sociocultural landscapes. Following Fernand Braudel, who reflected in his book "What is France?" over the problem of French diversity, we will try to present a voluminous reflection on the heterogeneity of the Russian spatial and institutional structure. Of particular interest is the consideration of various mechanisms for combining dissimilar political and cultural elements in the general field of a "big society". We are also interested in the contradictory processes of acquisition and loss of identity, its paradoxes in the situation of close interaction of various cultural practices and imperatives of behavior. In this issue we are waiting for papers about borders / borderlands, outskirts, imaginary geography and images of various regions, the relationship and interaction of landscapes: physical, geographical, cultural, religious, etc.

«The Roads We Take» (3/2019). The thematic issue is devoted to the problem of a choice of alternative ways in development made by a society during the crisis periods of the history that defined the "moment of truth": tolerance and openness against conflict and egocentric aspirations. We are supposed to discuss the subjects related both to the determinism of combining one's own interests with universal values and randomness of the chosen way. We look forward to a number of papers on socio-political and socio-cultural manifestations of key events in the world history. The problems of civilizational choice, the role of individual in history, and structural changes in society are of interest. Although we propose to pay attention to such "points of no return" in history as the Revolution of 1789 in France and the Revolution of 1917 in Russia, disintegration of colonial empires, etc., a special interest for us is the "global 1989", the anniversary of events would be necessary to note specifically. It was a year of at least two epochal events that sent history to a new course - the "velvet revolutions" in Europe and the First Congress of People's Deputies of the USSR. Both of them, probably forever, have changed the map of Europe. We expect them to fill the main part of the journal issue.

«Steppe Knights» (4/2019). The issue is dedicated to the history of paramilitary communities of Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the New Times, who lived in the steppe landscapes of Eurasia. Among them - ancient and medieval nomads, Cossacks, Uskoks, Grenzers and many others, whose status and position were largely determined by their connections to contact (border) zones. We suppose to discuss the scientific classification of these communities, identification of common and special, historical continuity between them, their role in the political, social and cultural spaces of Eurasia. We expect papers on social forms of paramilitary communities in historical retrospectivity (squads, men's associations, Cossack troops, etc.), as well as military and political aspects of their functioning. It is also planned to pay attention to sources of formation and features of reproduction of paramilitary communities, their traditional occupations and symbols of military culture, military equipment and technologies, violence and practices of its cultivation / control.

Each of special topics will cover no less 25% of the volume. Editorial Council and Editorial Board hope on these topics as perspective for the journal progress. The journal enlargement is thought as mutual development together with our authors.

The main journal topics are Theory and Methodology, Articles and Reports, Discussions, Sources, Reviews, Academic Life, Personalia.

Editor-in-Chief <br>Victor Apryshchenko
Editor-in-Chief
Victor Apryshchenko

Dr, professor, Institute of History and International Relations, Southern Federal University, Russia

Research Interests: European national identity in the historical and contemporary context, including European regionalism, migration processes, as well as security challenges and the need for management of national processes

Deputy Editor-in-Chief <br>Anton Ivanesko
Deputy Editor-in-Chief
Anton Ivanesko

Associate professor, Institute of History and International Relations, Southern Federal University, Russia

Research Interests: Nart epos as a historical source, the ideology of the Indo-Iranian peoples in the Ancient World and the early Middle Ages, historical memory and nationalism in the Caucasus

Deputy Editor-in-Chief <br>Amiran Urushadze
Deputy Editor-in-Chief
Amiran Urushadze

Associate professor, Institute of History and International Relations, Southern Federal University, Russia

Research Interests: The study of Russian Empire administrative practices in the Caucasus, historical comparative methods

Executive Secretary <br>Natalia Dmitrieva
Executive Secretary
Natalia Dmitrieva

Associate professor, Institute of History and International Relations, Southern Federal University, Russia

Research Interests: History of Russian liberalism, Theory and History of nationalism, the history of the imperial government in Russia, the social history of Russia XIX-early XX century, digital technology in historical education