Founding Charter of the Hansa Free Press
In an are where e-books have decimated independent publishers, and where academic publishers' standards have fallen so low, we strive to bring to light works which are still trying to achieve a quality, aesthetic, and contributive approach to the art and necessity of book publishing
Hansa Press is a free press
Publishing House chartered in the spirit of free speech.
Committed to publishing quality social science
Independent publishing house founded in Lviv in 2021.
Specialised in politics, economics, philosophy, sociology, geography, and anthropology both academic and trade volumes.
Manifesting the free trade spirit of the historical Hanseatic League, a multicultural, multinational, multilingual, network of mercantile port cities originating in the Baltic Sea with a northern trade network stretching from London to Istanbul.
Openness, freedom embodies this European endeavour.
Free as in Trade
In a time when freedom of speech is again under attack, this time by the big tech that was to set us free, but the West which was to safeguard it.
Hansa Stadts and free merchant guilds, free trade, baltic index, commercial houses of early northern European and Anglo-Dutch capitalism
Hanseatic freedom of trade developed into political freedom which developed into freedom of speech. There is no greater freedom than freedom of speech.
The history of Hanseatic city-states most represent the ideals of modern Europe.
Of European city-states free from tyrants, kings, and land-based armies. Of all the historical forms of political and economic governance.
Ukraine is the frontier of freedom
Based in Lviv, Ukraine, reminiscing the Viking trade, the river arteries connection Europe and the East, Central and North European connections, Hansa Press embodies the spirit of Europeanism
This history also stretches deep in Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and Ukraine
Dnieper was a thoroughfare between the Baltic and the Black Seas
The Vistula stretches from the Baltic deep into Krakow and beyond
Eastern Europe, Central Europe, the Baltic States and Maritime Western Europe were connected through this mercantile trading network.
In the spirit of the LRB. LARB, NYRB etc, but that Hansa has no place except the imagination. Living in cloud spaces, uninhabited geographies, new space, the modern human is not bound to the city as the 19th century modern was. So Hansa is the old, the press, the Europe, the Baltic, the paper, the town, burger. But also the modern, the cloud server, the early 21st blog culture, and the publishing revolution that linux brings to self-host freedom of thought.
We publish book reviews and essays from a European perspective. From outside Ukraine I can develop the project into a London Review of Books style website, publishing book reviews and essays from a European perspective and with a particular focus on Ukrainian voices. Ultimately I want to publish a Hansa Quarterly magazine and a European Affairs academic journal from Lviv, Ukraine.
Academic and Trade non-fiction books
Politics, economics, sociology, anthropology, political economy, history, international law, geoeconomics and geopolitics,
Europe, Eurasia, Central Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Asia-Pacific, Poles and Oceans
Hansa Press is registered with the Ukrainian National Registrar of Television and Mass Media. I fully intend to return to Ukraine and continue the work to build both a book publishing company and a website, the Hansa Review of Books, publishing book reviews and essays from a European perspective. Hansa Press is registered in Lviv as an LLC, we are registered with the State Committee on Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine