Russian History

The furniture decoration of the Winter Palace’s Yellow Drawing Room. A. de Montferrand, 1827–28

In the furniture collection of the State Hermitage there is a suite of furniture designed by Auguste de Montferrand in 1827-1828. As the famous architect’s contribution to decorative arts has not been studied thoroughly yet, the attribution of the furniture created for the one of the Winter Palace ceremonial apartments, the Yellow Drawing Room of Empress Maria Fiodorovna, is a subject  of a particular interest.

The Istoben Trinity Monastery in the XVII - early XVIII centuries: sociocultural and economic aspects

The purpose of the article is to consider the conditions and factors of the creation and development of small monasteries in the Vyatka and Velikopermskaya Diocese in the XVII – the first quarter of the XVIII centuries illustrated by the Istoben Trinity Monastery. Special attention is focused on the study of the economic, social and spiritual aspects of life in the monastery. The article shows how the local features of the monasticism developed with the all-Russian processes in the background. 

A Peasant family in the North in the XVI–XVII centuries: generalization and interpretation of the Soviet period studies

This article compiles historical and demographic research on the structure of a peasant family in the North in the XVI - XVII centuries. Conclusions of the authors of the Soviet period are reviewed in accordance with the currently accepted classification of the families of Peter Lasletta. Special attention is paid to the peculiarities of methods of determining the family structure in the XVI century.

«The Аthlete of the revolution»: strokes to the historical & psychological portrait of B. V. Savinkov

In this paper, using anthropological, historical and psychological techniques, the identity of one of the most controversial and prominent figures of revolutionary terrorism – Boris Viktorovich Savinkov - is investigated. Analyzing the texts of V. Ropshin’s fiction works, memoires and official documents, the author attempts to describe the inner world and the moral and ethical attitudes of Savinkov, and thus add some specific features of the historical portrait of the one of the key figures of the Russian revolutionary era at the beginning of the XX century.

The Pamir campaigns (1891–1894) in the memoires of their participants

Based on the works of Russian military travelers and explorers B. L. Grombchevski and B. L. (Rustam-Bek) Tageev, the one of the episodes of the Great Game between Russia and the British Empire for supremacy in Central Asia is considered. The report focuses special attention on the situation in this region, the reasons for the campaigns, the local geography of Pamir, the relations between the locals and the Russian army.

Eugene Tour – a memoirist of the Russo-Turkish war of 1877–1878

The article deals with the memorial heritage of the Russian writer and journalist E. V. Salias de Tournemire. Her memories are devoted to a significant event of the XIX century. - Russo-Turkish war of 1877–1878. The author analyzes the views of the memoirist concerning the causes and course of hostilities with the Ottoman Empire, shows the impact of public forces in the country's foreign policy.

N. A. Milyutin in memoirs and epistolary heritage of his wife M. A. Milyutina

The article analyses "The Notes" by M. A. Milyutina and her correspondence with I. S. Turgenev, published in "Russkaya Starina", and also archive documents from Milyutin's Fund (RGIA, F. 869. Op. 1. D. 1149). The studied materials provided new features to N. A. Milyutin's biography, showed the backstage struggle in the most complicated period of the reformer's activity (mid-1850s to early 1860s) and revealed the peculiarities of his character in his relations with his wife, the like-minded people and the conservative opposition. 

Countess A. D. Bludova and her Memoirs

The article is devoted to the study of the biography and the political outlook of Countess A. D. Bludova, who took an active part in public life of Russia in the XIX century. The basis of the article is the analysis of A. D. Bludova' s notes and memoirs. The author formulates a conclusion concerning the place of the political events of European history at the turn of the 1820–1830s in the folding and evolution of features of A. D. Bludova’s political outlook.

Court music in the middle and the second half of the XVII century as the reflection of the trends of a transitional period in Russian history

This article is focused on the cultural and historical processes in the XVIIth-century Russia, with musical culture revealing some post-Medieval and baroque stylistic features. The paper analyzes the forms of court music, characterizes singers’ corporations and diversity of genres, points out new singing styles and brings forward the idea of gradual appearance of secular music performing, theatre and military music.

The Capias Warrant of 1596 from the Archive of the Theotokos Convent in Suzdal

This paper acquaints the historians with a newly found primary source, which refers to an extremely rare (for the XVI century Russia) kind of legal record — a capias warrant; in this case the one that describes course of inquest on Ivan Oboiutin's gang. The publication is preceded by an analysis of the document’s content.