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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Angus Russell

PhD Candidate
Slavonic Studies
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Contact details: 

Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics
Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
United Kingdom


My doctoral research focusses on the transmission of Mongol institutional models to Moscow across the long fifteenth century, from the reigns of Vasilii I (1389-1425) to Vasilii III (1505-33). By assessing charter evidence in particular, I seek to define the interplay of Muscovite bureaucratic and fiscal norms with their analogues in the Qipchaq Khanate (‘Golden Horde’) and its successor polities; building on my earlier work investigating both the Mongol relay network (iam) and forms of Inner Asian landholding, I am interested in delineating forms of mediation between putatively nomadic and sedentary societies. To this end, I explore how such institutional transmission mirrored contemporary ideological currents that perceived the khans’ rule as antithetical to Byzantine imperial heritage, alongside comparing the evolution of Muscovite practice with administrative innovation in neighbouring regions of Eurasia.

Before coming to Cambridge, I studied for my undergraduate degree in History and Russian, and my master’s degree in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, at the University of Oxford.


  • AHRC OOC DTP Doctoral Studentship
  • Cambridge Trust Honorary Vice-Chancellor’s Award
  • Trinity College Honorary External Research Studentship

Conference papers:

  • ‘Tamga, myt and the politics of Muscovite fiscal appropriation’, The State Between: Oxford University Byzantine Society International Graduate Conference, Oxford, UK, 28–29 February 2020
  • ‘Fiscal dues of early Rus’: between “church” and “state”?’, Christian Russia in the Making: Conference in Memory of Andrzej Poppe, Warsaw, Poland, 30 January–1 February 2020
Teaching interests: 

SLA3: Introduction to Russian Culture