Dr Tatyana Zhukova
Teaching and Research Fellow in Early Modern History
Starting in London, I embarked on my academic path with a BA in History from Queen Mary, University of London. I then traveled to the University of Oxford, where I specialised in Elizabethan New Year's Gifts for my Master's degree.
Continuing my northward trajectory, I advanced to the University of Nottingham. There, I earned a PhD with a focus on the Diplomatic Gift Exchange between Elizabethan England and Muscovite Russia in 2018.
Before moving further north, I took on the role of Teaching Fellow at the University of Sussex, proceeding to the University of York where I served as a Lecturer in Russian History (2019-20).
In January 2022, I settled at HCA as a Teaching Fellow in Early Modern History. For now, my northward academic journey has paused.
The English Discovery of Russia, 1553-1648 (elective)
Making Men: The History of British Masculinity, c. 1700-1900 (Special Subject, 23/24)
Historical Skills and Methods I (New Diplomatic History)
Historical Skills and Methods II (Dressing the Body)
Historical Research: Skills & Sources (Dressing the Body)
Open to PhD supervision enquiries?
Areas of interest for supervision
I am available to supervise student projects that delve into the following areas of research:
- Elizabethan and Tudor England
- Pre-1750s Russia and the encompassing North-Eastern region
- Premodern diplomatic practices
- Studies related to material culture
- Sartorial studies and historical garment research
Students interested in these domains are welcome to approach me to discuss potential topics and avenues of research.
My research trajectory, akin to my academic journey, leans in a north-easterly direction. Central to my interests is the history of material culture and its interplay with diverse historical disciplines.
One focal point has been the diplomatic gifts exchanged between Elizabethan England and Muscovite Russia. I've delved into the intricacies of why and how these gifts were selected, presented, and retained, as well as their pivotal role in enhancing diplomatic interactions between these peripheral European nations. My upcoming book, The Silver and The Sable: Diplomatic Gift Exchange between Elizabethan England and Muscovite Russia, 1566-1623, explores these investigations in more detail.
In another research avenue, I've turned my attention to the Duchy of Courland and Semigalia, located in present-day Latvia. Notably, despite its modest size, the duchy undertook overseas ventures and established a broad network of agents across Europe, all while navigating the political challenges posed by its larger neighbours - Poland-Lithuania, Sweden, and Russia. A core aspect of this exploration is to discern how the duke employed material culture as a conduit for both the projection and encapsulation of power.
In recent endeavours, my academic interests have pivoted towards historical fashion, re-enactment, and the precise recreation of historical garments. This has culminated in the initiation of a nascent research project, tentatively titled 'The Empire's New Clothes: Production and Consumption of Clothing in the Reign of Peter the Great'. This interdisciplinary venture seeks to foster a comparative dialogue surrounding the production and consumption of clothing pre and post Peter's mandate on the adoption of Western attire. The aim is to navigate the evolution of silhouettes, the fluctuating dynamics with the human form, and the diverse reactions to the edict, especially from marginalised non-Russian communities within the Empire. The project will incorporate video material where I undertake recreations of select garments from this era.