. Borisov The study of Yakuts population changes in the XIX c.

Andrian A. Borisov Doctor of History, Senior researcher, Institute for Humanities and Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences

This article based on documents of the central and local archives, for the first time in domestic history, summarizes the data about population dynamics of Yakuts over a 250-year time span. Special attention is given to XIX c., when there was significant population growth. It was connected with the Malthusian trap in which this population growth began to exceed the available resources. It is concluded, that the demographic crisis of the Yakuts in the middle of XIX c. is directly connected to their available means.

Demographics, Yakuts, population changes, resources, demographic crisis

E. Bakaeva Ethnic specifics of Kalmyk Buddhism

Elza P. Bakaeva Doctor of History, Senior lecturer, Deputy Director of science, Kalmyk Institute for Humanities of the Russian Academy of Sciences

The article, based on field studies and literature, investigates the peculiarities of the images of the divinity Tsagan aav/avga as well as the tradition of special sacral symbols. Special attention is given to the correlation of orkimdzhi symbols, in the Kalmyk culture, with the symbolism of the ancient system of kin markers that was reflected in the headdress of the healer representing the clan of khans. Conclusions are drawn about the archaic origins of the specific characteristics of Kalmyk Buddhism and the preservation of the ancient oirat traditions in the Kalmyk culture.

Buddhism, Kalmyks, culture, ritual, sacral symbol, ethnic groups, ethnology

E. Tsydenov The cult of thirteen northern noyons in Buryat shamanism

Enkhe M. Tsydenov Postgraduate student, Institute of Mongolian, Buddhist and Tibetan Studies, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences

The article based on archival documents and field research for the first time addresses the cult of 13 northern noyons (lords) in modern Buryat shamanism. Particular attention is paid to defining the place of the 13 northern lords in the hierarchy of the shamanic pantheon, and to describing Buryat ritual tailagan in their honor. It is concluded that the cult of 13 northern lords has a very important place in modern Buryat shamanism. The modern shamans believe them to be the protectors of all the inhabitants of the Baikal region, the supreme deities of ethnical Buryatia, while the cult practices are seen as specific rituals, which bring together the Buryat people.

Buryats, Baikal, shamanism, cult, noyon (lord), tailagan

D. Muzraeva The evolution of written Buddhist collections in Kalmykia

Deliash N. Muzraeva Candidate of Philology, Senior lecturer, Senior researcher, Department of Written Monuments and Buddhology, Kalmyk Institute for Humanities of the Russian Academy of Sciences

The article based on archival documents and field research, addresses the various stages of the formation of Buddhist written collections in Kalmykia. Special attention is given to library, museum, and private collections of the Republic Kalmykia, which for the larger part has not been researched or documented before. It is concluded that there is a relative continuity of the traditions of reading and copying of canonical Buddhist texts and adaptation of tradition to new conditions such as the war on religion in USSR between 19201970s, the exile of Kalmyks between 19431957s, and emigration to Europe and the USA.

Kalmykia, Buddhism, written sources, collections, library, museum

L. Molchanov The White Siberia: role of wire and propaganda agencies (1918 1920)

Leonid A. Molchanov Doctor of History, Professor of the Department of Source Studies, Institute for History and Archives of the RSUH

Based on previously unknown documents, the article looks at the activities of wire and propaganda agencies of the anti-Bolshevik regimes in Siberia during the Civil War of 19181920. The main focus is on the organization of those agencies and the attempts of the Siberian white governments to use those agencies for establishing a monopoly on getting, commenting, and spreading information. It is concluded that those agencies played a main part in the manipulation of public opinion, hoverer the were not able to mobilize the Siberian population in the struggle against Bolshevism.

Russian Civil War, Siberia, A. Kolchak, press, telegraph, wire agency, propaganda

E. Zarmakova The high school of Buryatia during the Great Patriotic War: material and technical basis

Elena S. Zarmakova Lecturer, Department of Management, Marketing and Commerce, Eastern Siberian State Technological University (Ulan-Ude)

This article, based on little-known documents of the National Archive of The Republic of Buryatia, discusses high school activity in Buryatia between 1941 and 1945. The main focus is on the material and technical basis of the high school, its financing and supply, schools number dynamics, and the material conditions of the teachers and schoolchildren. It is concluded that the high school of Buryatia did not have the snecessary material and technical basics for normal activity between 1941 and 1945. However during these hard war times the high school of Buryatia not only survived but made strives for further development of high education in general as well as of its national component.

Buryatia, Great Patriotic War, high school, national school, financing, supply, materials and technical basis, general education


V. Sanchirov The study of toponymy of the Oirats and the Kalmyks (XVII XVIII cc.)

Vladimir P. Sanchirov Candidate of History, Leading researcher, History and Archeology Department, Kalmyk Institute for Humanities of the Russian Academy of Sciences

The article which for the first time looks at toponyms the solitary tree on the Or river, is based on the Oirat historical work The History of Kho-Urlyuk, archive documents, and the works by the Ucranian poet T. Shevchenko. It is concluded that it was the name of a place in the south of the Ural Mountains, which played a large part in the history of the Oirats and the Kalmyks in XVIIXVIII cc.

Oirats, Kalmyks, Kazakhs, Or river, Ural Mountains, toponym, T. Shevchenko

D. Ispovednikov The participation of China in the Civil War in Siberia 

Dmitry Yu. Ispovednikov Postgraduate student, Department of Archaeography, Institute for History and Archives of RSUH

The article, based on previously unknown documents, looks at the participation of Republic of China in the Civil War in Siberia between 1917 and 1921. Particular attention is paid to the conflict situations in the border areas (right-of-way of Chinese East Railway, basins of the Songhua and Amur rivers) and the activities of general L. Khorvat. It is concluded that Chinas policy in the region significantly complicated the work of Omsks and Chitas anti-Bolshevik governments. 

Russian Civil War, White Movement, China, Chinese East Railway, Amur river, L. Khorvat

L. Serkovskaya Siberia in Prague: overview of the guide Collection of Russian Foreign historical archive in Prague

Lubov V. Serkovskaya Postgraduate student, Department of History and Organization of Archives, Institute for History and Archives of RSUH

This article analyzes documents concerning the history of Siberia, preserved in the State Archive of Russian Federation, in the State Archive of region of Irkutsk, and abroad. Special attention is given to the archival collections where the least explored archival materials concerning the study of Siberia are preserved. It is concluded that Russian scientists should pay more attention to documents on the history of Siberia and Siberian regionality (oblastnichestvo) because these questions take on a special significance at present.

Siberia, regionality (oblastnichestvo), I. Serebrennikov, I. Yakushev, study of local lore, Russian Foreign historical archive in Prague

Landmarks in Human History

I. Bedulina, V. Moiseev Vladimir Ogorodnikov and Boris Kubalov: two historians-archivists Siberian pages of life and cooperation

Irina P. Bedulina Candidate of History, Head of Historical and Cultural Heritage Department, Irkutsk Regional State Universal Scientific Library named I. Molchanov-Sibirsky

Vladimir V. Moiseev Candidate of History, Senior lecturer, Department of Human Resource Management, Siberian Academy of Public Service (Novosibirsk)

Using previously unpublished archival documents, the article address the role of two historians and archivists Vladimir I. Ogorodnikov and Boris G. Kubalov in the organization and formation of the archival service of the Irkutsk region in the 1920s. The article focuses on eliminating the distortions and inaccuracies which were made earlier in other publications, where the merits of these scientists for establishing the first state archival institution of Angara land were not correctly evaluated. It is concluded that these two historians and archivists played a unique role in the organization and formation of the archival service of East Siberia, which have contributed to the culture and historical science of Siberia.

Siberia, Irkutsk region, V. Ogorodnikov, B. Kubalov, historiography, archival service, study of local lore

I. Gordeeva Mubaraksha Gadelshin: Vaisov sect members conscientious objection

Irina A. Gordeeva Candidate of History, Senior lecturer, Department of Modern History of Russia, Institute for History and Archives of RSUH

The article addresses the fate of M. Gadelshin, a member of Vaisov Holy Regiment (one of the Muslim sects), who refused to participate in military service in 1906. The main focus is on the ideology and motivation for the objection among the participants of the Vaisi movement, as well as the overlaps between protest activity of the Vaisi sect and some other Russian religious and social movements of the modern period (including the Tolstoyans). It concludes, that the phenomenon of the Vaisi movement was one of the historical forerunnesr of the contemporary pacifist movement.

Muslim sect, Vaisov Holy Regiment, M. Gadelshin, compulsory military service, conscientious objections, Russian army, pacifism, Tolstoyans

History on Screen

T. Nokonorova Film Agony: cinematographic image of the Siberian peasant G. Rasputin

Tatiana N. Nikonorova Specialist, Russian State Archive of Contemporary History

The article analyzes the film Agony (1974) directed by E. Klimov. It focuses on the cinematographic images of the Siberian peasant G. Rasputin as acted by A. Petrenko. It is concluded that, despite some artistic exaggerations, on the whole, this cinematographic image is historically accurate as it is based on the recollections of Rasputins contemporaries.

Film Agony, director E. Klimov, G. Rasputin, Siberia, A. Petrenko

Book Reviews

V. Khokhryakov Tibet: an excursus inside and outside

Vadim V. Khokhryakov Postgraduate student, Department of Russian Literature, Saint-Petersburg State University

This article analyzes Hidden Tibet: History of Independence and Occupation (St. Petersburg, 2010) S.L Kuzmin. The book looks at the history of painful relationships between China and Tibet back to ancient times, as well as the socio-cultural development in Tibet in XX c. S. Kuzmin pays special attention to Chinas expansion northwards and studies the legal aspects of the Chinese rule over Tibet, given that the annexation is being scrutinised in terms of international law. The official role of Beijing (rooted in the ancient Chinese doctrine of global power) and Dalai Lama is interpreted by Kuzmin in his own way, bearing the stamp of euroasianism (evraziystvo). Discussing the threat of the disappearing of the Mongol-Tibetan civilization, Kuzmin formulates the crucial question: which is more crucial, human rights or cultural diversity?

Tibet, China, Dalai-Lama, human rights, Tibet-Mongol civilization

T. Uvarova The ethnological expert evaluation in the researching of small indigenous nations of Northern Russia, Siberia and Far East

Tatiana B. Uvarova Candidate of History, Senior researcher, Department of History, Institute of Scientific Information in Social Sciences of Russian Academy of Sciences

The article reviews the book by N.I. Novikova and O.O. Zvidennaya The Udegeytsy: The Hunters and Gatherers of river Bikin (Ethnological expert evaluation 2010) (Moscow, 2010), which represents the ethnological expert evaluation in the research of small indigenous nations of Russia. It is concerned with the territorial unity of the Udegeytsy in Bikin river basin (Primorye Territory) and their traditional way of life in the past and present, the traditional picture of the world, and the demographic situation in the region.

Udegeytsy, Primorye territory, river Bikin, small indigenous nations, traditional way of life, ethnological expert evaluation

K. Orlova The completion of many years of work on the history of Kalmykia

Keemya V. Orlova Doctor of History, Professor, Centre for the Researches of the Culture of Siberia of RSUH

The article reviews a 3-volume collection The Kalmyk History from ancient times till our days (Elista, 2009), which describes the life of Kalmyks from the time when their ancestors (the Oirats) lived on the lands of Dzungaria and Western Mongolia. The 1-st volume is devoted to the ethnic history of Oirats, the Kalmyk people, and their joining to Russia. The 2-nd volume considers the history of Kalmykia from the end of XIX till XX cc. The 3-rd volume portrays the culture of the people of Kalmykia. The work is written on the basis of new studies by Russian and foreign researchers, and makes a great contribution to Russian historical science.

Kalmyks, Oirats, tradition, culture, historiography

M. Svidzinskaya The study of the life and death of the Siberian experienced pilgrim G.E. Rasputin-Novykh

Mariya S. Svidzinskaya postgraduate student, Department of Modern History of Russia, Institute for History and Archives of RSUH

The article analyses the book by A.P. and D.A. Kotsyubinsky Grigoriy Rasputin: secret and visible (St. Petersburg, 2003), dedicated to the life and death of Grigoriy E. Rasputin. The methodology of the research was formulated by the authors as combined historical-psychological analysis. The authors designed a serious methodological perspective of the scientific research on Rasputin from a position of personality discourse, irrespective of fact biography of the monk. The article concludes that the authors couldnt deviate from the space of the special effects, that has historically formed in the context of the Rasputin historiography. Confidence in the groundless hypotheses and inattentive respect towards the historical sours are the principal shortcomings of the book.

G. Rasputin, historiography, life history, discourse, cultural environment, personal choice, personal strategy, conspiracy


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