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Exhibition on the history of the Reformation era


December 7, 2017 at the Reading hall of Scientific and Historical archive the exhibition “Reflection of the Reformation in Europe in documents of the Archive of Saint Petersburg Institute of History of the RAS” has been opened.

Genuine letters of well-known figures of the Reformation from Germany, England and Switzerland are on the display. Among them there are letters by Martin Luther, Philipp Melanchthon, the Queen of Scots Mary Stuart and the open letter by Henry VIII. The exhibition incorporates also some other documents and early printed books of the period of the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation.


The exhibition has been organized by the archivists of the Western European section of the Archive Cand. Sc. in History E.I. Nosova, Cand. Sc. in History N.B. Sredinskaya and research fellows of the Department of General History Cand. Sc. in History S.A. Isaev and Cand. Sc. in History T.N. Tatsenko.
The exhibition is open for visitors in the office hours of the Reading hall of the Archive till December 28, 2017.

The results of the 10th contest “Topical science”

The Polish Institute in Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg Institute of History of the RAS and the Institute of History and Political Science University of Białystok announce the completion of  of the 10th Open Contest “Topical Science”. On November 27, 2017 the results have been summed up. The diplomas will be awarded on December 14, 2017 in the Conference hall of Saint Petersburg Institute of History of the RAS.

Everyone is welcome.

New book


The new book by B.N. Kolonitskii “#1917: Seventeen sketches on the history of the Russian revolution” has been published by the publishing house of the European University at St. Petersburg. ISBN 978-5-94380-243-0.

One may think that the history of the year 1917 has been studied thoroughly for the past 100 years. However scholars still turn to different issues connected with this period. Boris Kolonitskii suggests his answers, the author of some publications on the history of the Russian revolution.

Session of the Seminar on Old Russian history


Saint Petersburg Institute of History of the RAS in cooperation with the Institute of History of SPbSU welcome everyone to session of the Seminar on Old Russian history which is to take place at 4.00 p.m. on November 30, 2017 in SPbIH RAS (Petrozavodskaya str., 7; Conference hall (room 23)) hosted by V.G. Vovina and A.V. Sirenov.

This time the leading researcher of SPbIH of the RAS, D.Sc. in History Alisa Alekseevna Gordienko will deliver a report “Amvon i Haldejskaja peshh’ v sluzhebnom ustave novgorodskogo Sofijskogo sobora” (“Ambon and “Haldejskaja peshh’” in the church statute of the St. Sophia’s Cathedral in Novgorod”)

Everyone is welcome!

Changes in the schedule of the Archive Reading hall

Dear visitors!
The Reading hall of the Scientific and historical archive of the Institute will be closed down from July 10 till September 4, 2017.

Encyclopedia for children


In popular science series “Afoot into history” an encyclopedia for children “We live in year 1917” (“My zhivem v 1917 godu”; ISBN 978-5-905474-70-5) composed by P.G. Rogozny has been published.
The book presents the main events of the Russian history of that period along with the description of political parties and the most important characters. It is obviously that one can’t understand the essence of both February and October revolutions not taking into account daily routine of the country. So the book introduces to the readers everyday life of different social strata, sessions of the State Duma, hostilities of the World War I, etc.
The target group of the book is school pupils.