Assistant Professor Erika Monahan will be at the UNM Bookstore on Wednesday, May 4 at 12 p.m. to sign copies of The Merchants of Siberia (Cornell University Press, 2016). This event is open to the public.

In The Merchants of Siberia: Trade in Early Modern Eurasia, Monahan examines Russian trade, demonstrating that trade in Siberia from the late 16th through 18th centuries was more extensive and significant than has been acknowledged heretofore. She follows the history of three Russian families from various social ranks who conducted trade in Siberia for over a century.

Monahan informs readers about European trade, merchants, and uses to improve understanding of commerical activity and merchants in Russia. The Merchants of Siberia gives readers a revision of the way one imagines the Muscovite economy in the early modern era, and invites readers to rethink Russia’s place in the early modern world.

Monahan is an assistant professor of Russian history at UNM and holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University. She has contributed her articles to many works, including Portraits of Old Russia, Early Modern Things, and Russia’s People of Empire.

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