Unpublished essay «About Catherine II» by A.V. Florovskyi: reconstruction of the scientific heritage

Keywords: A.V. Florovskyi, Catherine II, historiography, Legislative Commission of 1767, handwritten heritage, personal archive fund

Abstract

An unpublished essay «About Catherine II» by A.V. Florovskyi from his personal fund in the Archive of the Russian Academy of Sciences is analyzed in the paper, and also the need for maximum study of the historian’s handwritten heritage and its introducing into scientific circulation is emphasized.

One of the relevant goals of modern historiographical science is the appeal to the problem of revealing the unjustly forgotten or lost scientific heritage and its re-introduction into scientific circulation. Despite the fact that the personal fund of the historian and Slavist A.V. Florovskyi was repeatedly the subject of thorough study, the analyzed essay has not so far attracted the attention of the scholars.

The essay «About Catherine II» was written in the genre of a historical portrait. The exact time of writing is unknown. A.V. Florovskyi considers Catherine II in the context of an epoch, empire, documents, other people, events, phenomena, various ideas, and thoughts. He describes the personality of the Russian Empress in the entire completeness of her life story, taking into account the results of her activities.

A.V. Florovskyi notes the merits of Catherine II in implementing a series of transformations in Russia’s home and foreign policy. Much attention the historian pays to the legal reforms of the Russian Empress. The author’s estimates of the Legislative Commission of 1767 results and significance do not differ from the ones previously mentioned in his special studies of the issue. The Subject of A.V. Florovskyi’s attention is also the literary heritage of Catherine II.

It is assumed that the studied essay was written in Prague. The research interest in A.V. Florovskyi’s manuscripts, containing the information on the Legislative Commission of 1767 is predicted. The necessity of publishing the little-known and unpublished works of the historian, which will facilitate their introduction into a wide scientific circle, is noted.

Maximal study of A.V. Florovskyi’s documentary heritage and introducing it into scientific circulation will allow to fully reconstruct his scientific achievements and contribute to the deepening of knowledge about the development of historical science.

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Published
01.07.2019
How to Cite
Myronchuk, A. (2019). Unpublished essay «About Catherine II» by A.V. Florovskyi: reconstruction of the scientific heritage. EMINAK: Scientific Quarterly Journal, (2(26), 177-186. https://doi.org/10.33782/eminak2019.2(26).304
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Historiography, Source Study and Special Historical Disciplines