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Stuart Macintyre, Juan Maiguashca, and Attila Pók

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199533091

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199533091.001.0001

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The Golden Age of Russian Historical Writing

The Golden Age of Russian Historical Writing

The Nineteenth Century

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(p.303) Chapter 15 The Golden Age of Russian Historical Writing
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Gyula Szvák

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199533091.003.0016

This chapter examines Nikolai Mikhailovich Karamzin, who was a hallmark figure of the transition from classicism to sentimentalism, and later to romanticism. A descendant of the rural aristocracy, Karamzin began his career as a writer of literature and later came to be known as ‘the father of Russian historiography’. By the end of Catherine II's rule he was known as the country's most prominent man of letters, introducing sentimentalism to Russia and remaining undeterred from his Westernizing stance even after the events of 1789^–1790 in France. This chapter further emphasizes that Karamzin's ‘O drevnei I novoi Rossii’ became important for the history of ideas, while his major synthesis, ‘Istoriia gosudarstva rossiiskogo’, defined the historical consciousness of generations.

Keywords:   Nikolai Mikhailovich Karamzin, father of Russian historiography, Russia, O drevnei I novoi Rossii, Istoriia gosudarstva rossiiskogo, sentimentalism

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