In 1965 the Anglo-Belarusian Society began publishing a yearbook - The Journal of Byelorussian Studies.
Since 2013, the Journal of Belarusian Studies (changed from 'Byelorussian' after Belarus received the independence) is published in London by the Ostrogorski Centre in cooperation with the Anglo-Belarusian Society.
The Journal is distributed annually to universities, libraries and private subscribers in the UK, the US, Belarus and other countries throughout the world.
The Journal publishes articles on Belarusian literature, linguistics, foreign relations, civil society, history and art, as well as book reviews.
The Journal is the oldest English language double-blind peer-reviewed periodical on Belarusian studies. It is the only academic periodical about Belarus indexed by SCOPUS, EBSCO, ERIH PLUS, Google Scholar and other databases. The Journal is currently accepting new submissions.
Buy the hard copy of the 2017 issue of the Journal online.
Buy the hard copy of the 2016 issue of the Journal online.
Buy the hard copy of the 2015 issue of the Journal online.
Buy the hard copy of the 2014 issue of the Journal online.
Buy the hard copy of the 2013 issue of the Journal online.
If you would like to be notified about the new issue of the journal please email editor @ belarusjournal.com
See the Journal's of Belarusian Studies Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement
ISSN 0075-4161 (print) ISSN 2052-6512 (online) ISBN 978-1-291-41994-8
From the Grand Duchy of Lithuania to the Belarusian Democratic Republic: the Idea of Belarusian Statehood, 1915-1919During the first decades of the 20th century Belarusian national identity was in its infancy. Nationalist agitation was confined to a small elite. The political situation reflected a condition of widespread poverty and economic underdevelopment. The Russian imperial government left a legacy of a low level of education, few schools, and widespread illiteracy. Early national activists, such as the circle around the journal Naša Niva (1906-1915) argued for the use of the Belarusian language in all aspects of life.
The 19th c. produced a good deal of scholarly interest in Belarus, a territory that had throughout the 18th c. suffered the most abject material and cultural conditions....
Russian and Polish ethnographers found Belarus a rich source of hitherto unrecorded material, whilst linguists were confronted with the problem not merely of describing the language but also of placing it within the general Slavonic framework...
Belarus, as a young state that received its full independence only in 1991, had no historical record of sovereignty except for a few months in 1918. This short period of time did little to create the foundations for a historical discourse for most Belarusians. When compared to Ukraine, the Baltic States or Poland, due to historic ties, Belarus’ path is different in many respects.