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The Oxford History of Historical WritingVolume 3: 1400-1800$
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José Rabasa, Masayuki Sato, Edoardo Tortarolo, and Daniel Woolf

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199219179

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199219179.001.0001

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Historical Writing in Russia and Ukraine

Historical Writing in Russia and Ukraine

(p.282) Chapter 14 Historical Writing in Russia and Ukraine
The Oxford History of Historical Writing

Michael A. Pesenson

Jennifer B. Spock

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Russian historical writing from 1400–1800. Historical writing during the period was tied closely to political circumstances, the ideology and structure of the Moscow and St Petersburg courts, and to the development of the Russian Orthodox Church as an independent branch of Eastern Orthodoxy, after the fall of Constantinople. These conditions affected four areas of historical writing: chronicles (letopisi) and chronographs (khronografy) that eventually led to personal historical accounts, hagiographical saints' lives (zhitiia), which in time overlapped with the genres of autobiography and biography, official state historiographies, and researched histories.

Keywords:   Russian historical writing, Ukrainian historical writing, historiography, Russian Orthodox Church, chronicles, chronographs, hagiography, autobiography, biography

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