About OstNet

The Catalogue of Internet Resources on Eastern, Central Eastern and Southeastern Europe

OstNet is a database for academically relevant websites and online documents, in particular on the history, culture, politics and society of the countries and regions of Eastern, Central Eastern and Southeastern Europe. The internet resources are indexed formally and by subject matter in accordance with library standards. OstNet currently includes around 25,000 entries (as of March 2020).

The database is jointly maintained and continuously updated by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe - Institute of the Leibniz Association.

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  • Albania
  • Belarus
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus (the Greek part)
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Kosovo
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Lusatia
  • modern Greece (from 1453)
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • North Macedonia
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Ukraine

  • History (Historical Research)
  • Archaeology, Pre- and Protohistory
  • Philosophy of History
  • Didactics of History
  • Cultural History
  • History of Mentality
  • War and Military History
  • Political History
  • Social and Economic History
  • Regional Geography
  • Historical Auxiliary Sciences:
    • Chronology
    • Epigraphy
    • Genealogy
    • Diplomacy (documents and files, palaeography, manuscripts)
    • Heraldry
    • Numismatics
    • Sphragistics (study of seals)
  • Historical Geography
  • Philology and folklore of certain countries: Albania, Cyprus, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, modern Greece, Moldavia, Romania
  • Education (schools and universities; academic institutions)
  • Information, Book and Library Systems
  • Journalism, Media, Journalism
  • Archival Studies
  • Politics
  • Constitution
  • History of Transport/Mobility
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology
  • Philosophy
  • Church History, Theology, Religion
  • Political Parties, Trade Unions, Associations
  • Minorities, Ideological Groups or Secret Societies
  • History of Environmental Protection/Nature Conservation
  • Anthropogeography
  • Music

  • Comprehensive special portals,
  • Topic-based websites of/relating to: 
    • institutions (e.g. universities, research institutions, institutes, archives, museums, libraries, government institutions, foundations, etc.),
    • organisations and associations,
    • renowned researchers and scholars,
    • academic projects,
  • Online databases,
  • Discussion and information forums, blogs,
  • Guidelines and teaching material for academic audiences,
  • Mailing lists and collections of links,
  • Online reference works (e.g. encyclopaedias, dictionaries, directories, etc.),
  • Online bibliographies,
  • Catalogues,
  • Individual publications (essays, e-books, dissertations, maps, images, audio and video files, congress and conference documents, etc.)

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Sophie Straube

E-Mail: sophie.straube(at)bsb-muenchen.de