Online exhibition #Borders starts today: the Treaty of Novgorod

What’s in a national border? ’Tis but thy national border that is my enemy.

As Brexit, migration, and other events put at the forefront issues of national borders, territories, and sovereignty, we inaugurate our new online campaign #ArchivesBorders – find out about the ever shifting borders in and around Europe throughout history, and the lives of people living on these borders by following the hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (and obviously on our blog).


The marketplace in Novgorod, by Apollinary Vasnetsov – available on Wikicommons.

We start with the Treaty of Novgorod, signed on 3 June 1326, which marked the end of decades of border skirmishes between Norway and the Republic of Novgorod. The Republic of Novgorod was a medieval East Slavic state stretching from the Gulf of Finland to the northern Ural Mountains. It lasted from the 12th to the 15h century, and it was later incorporated by Russia (though parts of its territories are now in Finland and Estonia). Find more on Achives Portal Europe by searching the collections about Novgorod in Kansallisarkisto, Rahvusarhiiv, Svenskt Diplomatarium i Riksarkivet and other institutions on Archives Portal Europe.

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