Since Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine, the history of both countries has also become the focus of world public opinion. One aspect that becomes particularly clear is the debate that has been going on for decades about the history of this region, which we know as "Rus"—and who owns this history.

In his new book, Christian Raffensperger, an expert in Eastern European history at Wittenberg University in Ohio, sheds light on the place of Rus' within our European history from the Middle Ages to modern times.Because only if we tell the history of the Rus' without nationalistic claims and narratives can we better understand them and Europe as a whole.