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New book

The publishing house ROSSPEN published the book by Yu.Z. Kantor “Mikhail Tukhachevsky. Portrait against the background of the era ”, St. Petersburg, 2021. 471 p., Ill. ISBN: 978-5-8243-2440-2

In the book, Doctor of Historical Sciences. Yu.Z. Kantor, for the first time, unique documents are introduced into scientific circulation, making it possible to study previously unknown pages of the biography of M.N. Tukhachevsky and, no less important, consider them in the context of the events taking place in the country. The publication uses documents from 13 domestic and foreign archives, including the Central Archive of the FSB of the Russian Federation, the Archive of the FSB for St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region, the RGVA, the RGVIA, the RGASPI, the Bavarian Historical Archive, etc. Previously unknown text and photographic documents are published (from the Hermitage, the Museum of the Political History of Russia, the Historical Archive of the Omsk Region, the Omsk Museum of History and Local Lore, etc.)

International scientific conference timed to the 95th anniversary of Boris Fedorovich Egorov

Saint Petersburg Institute of History and the Institute of the Russian Literature (Pushkinskii Dom) of the Russian Academy of Sciences invite you to participate in the international scientific conference «The Issues of the Russian Literature, Culture and Social Thought of the 19th-20th Centuries: to the 95th Anniversary of Boris Fedorovich Egorov», which will be held on May 31 – June 1, 2021.

The conference is dedicated to the memory of an outstanding scientist and remarkable person who left us six months ago, as an understanding of the scientific heritage and the continuation of the main work of his life – a comprehensive study of the history of the Russian literature and social thought of the 19th-20th centuries.

Conference agenda (in Russian)

The conference will be held in a mixed format using the Zoom platform.

To mark the 350th anniversary of Peter the Great


The St. Petersburg Institute of History of the Russian Academy of Sciences and St. Petersburg State University invite you to participate in the International Scientific Conference “Peter the Great and the Formation of Russian Science”, which will be held on October 3-5, 2022.
Peter the Great is a true demiurge of Russian science. In Russia, a country without university traditions, rich cities, wealthy patrons, only the will of a brilliant ruler could create the institutions of science. The formation of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences and Arts was the realization of the far-reaching plans of Peter, who understood, like no other in Russia, the importance of fundamental sciences for the country, its economy, education and prestige. The first Russian emperor proceeded from the idea that for the enlightenment of Russia it is not enough to invite foreign scientists, buy books and devices, but it is necessary to create traditions of scientific schools, to raise their own scientists. Information letter

New book

“Istoricheskaya illustratsiya” publ. issued a new book “The Grand Ducal Residences of the Russian Empire in 1826-1917: construction economy. Study and documents”. Compiled by A.A. Efimov. ISBN 978-5-89566-225-0 

The Ministry of the Imperial Court from the very moment of its creation in 1826 and up to 1917 led an active architectural and construction activity, one of the main directions of which was the creation of ensembles of grand-ducal residences, which simultaneously performed the basic function of a dwelling and a representative one of a residence.

This book examines and publishes documents reflecting certain aspects of the participation of the august customers in the administration and financing of the palace construction. Financial reports and related materials for the construction of the Mikhailovskaya Dacha and the Vladimir Palace in St. Petersburg reveal changes in the significance of the material contribution of the Grand Dukes. The correspondence on the appointment of remuneration, incentives and official awards to the people who contributed to palace creation presents the different approaches of the august customers to these issues. Documents on the problem of the Grand Dukes Vladimir and Alexei Alexandrovich receiving reimbursement of the costs incurred by them for the construction and arrangement of residences from the budget of the Ministry of the Imperial Court got a special part in the book. The set of letters from the architect N.P. Krasnov, who managed the construction of the Kharaks residence, addressed to its owner, Grand Duke Georgii Mikhailovich, completes the publication. They reveal the interaction between the direct supervisor of the work and the august customer on numerous issues related to the creation and arrangement of both palace buildings and the entire estate as a whole.

The publication aims at both specialists in the field of history, history of architecture, art history, and a wide range of readers.

The publication whas been composed and published with the financial support from the grant of the President of the Russian Federation for state support of young russian scientists – candidates of sciences № MК-175.2019.6

Manuscripts do not burn, but are digitized

The report of the Director of St. Petersburg Institute of History of the Russian Academy of Sciences A.V. Sirenov, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, at the Scientific Session “Humanities in the Age of Digitalization” of the General Meeting of the Department of Historical and Philological Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences on April 15, 2021

Alexey Vladimirovich spoke about the results of the first stage of the project “The history of the writing of the European civilization.” The project was based on the idea of ​​Academician N.P. Likhachev about the possibility of studying the tradition and history of writing on the basis of a representative collection of genuine manuscripts in different languages, different peoples, and historical periods.

At the first stage, preparations were made for the digitization of documents, since successful digitalization requires not only special equipment but also the preliminary restoration of some manuscripts because some of them are simply impossible to unfold or scroll to scan with a non-contact scanner.

Alexey Vladimirovich also drew attention to the fact that during the implementation of the project, a specially developed Internet portal “History of Writing” will gradually be filled, which will allow researchers to work with digital copies of documents and use an extensive search database based on the described documents.

Several academic institutes of St. Petersburg are taking part in this project, which, as part of a consortium, became winners in the competition for a grant from the Ministry of Education and Science for 2020–2022. These are the Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Archive of the Russian Academy of Sciences (St. Petersburg Branch), the Institute of Russian Literature of the RAS (Pushkin House), and St. Petersburg Institute of History of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

All-Russian project «Alexander Nevsky: The Great Northern Route»

On April 7, 2021 in the Novgorod Museum-Reserve All-Russian project «Alexander Nevsky: The Great Northern Route», timed to 800-year anniversary of this statesman, general and saint.









At 10:30 in the Conference-Hall of the Museum of Fine Arts of Novgorod Museum-Reserve International scientific conference «Alexander Nevsky – warrior and politician». Scientific curator of the conference is the director of Saint Petersburg Institute of History of the RAS Aleksey Sirenov.