The handbook is the result of the work carried out by the Scientific Network ‟Integration und Desintegration: Zur Sozial- und Kulturgeschichte des Osteuropäischen Sports im internationalen Vergleich” (Integration and Dis-Integration: On the Social and Cultural History of East European Sports in International Comparison). It has been sponsored by the German Research Foundation since 2009 and is located at the University of Bonn’s Department of East European History.
An innovative concept has been developed for publishing the findings: during the time while the handbook is being produced – and this phase will cover at least the period in which it is being sponsored – the individual contributions are being made available exclusively as online preprints via ViFaOst and the IOS Regensburg sites. During this stage, the individual articles may still be updated on a regular basis. The different versions of these articles are being labeled in order to ensure their ability to be cited and are being kept in an archive for further verifiability.