The publishing house “PA Tribunsky” has published another volume from the series “Recent Russian History: Research and Documents” N.N. Platonova. Diary (1889-1921). Vol. 12. Introduction article by E.A. Rostovtsev, A.N. Tsamutali. ISBN 978-5-94473-021-3
The scientific edition of the diary of Nadezhda Nikolaevna Platonova (1861-1928) – the wife of the famous historian, professor of St. Petersburg University, academician Sergei Fedorovich Platonov is presented to the reader. Nadezhda Nikolaevna, a graduate of the Bestuzhev Courses, was not just “married” to a famous scientist, she was in the full sense of the word his assistant, associate and like-minded person, and her own works left a noticeable mark on historical science. The diary covers the period from the late 1880s to the early 1920s and is a valuable source both on the history of science and academic life of St. Petersburg (Petrograd), and everyday life, the life of the intelligentsia at the turn of the 19th-20th centuries. One of the central themes of N.N. Platonova – the relationship between power and society in Russia. The text clearly reflects the violent social cataclysms of the first decades of the 20th century – revolutions, World War I and the Civil War, the end of the old regime, the beginning of the process of Sovietization of Russian higher education. Leading representatives of the intellectual and political elite of the empire, and then of the new, Soviet Russia, appear in different focus on the pages of the diary.
The publication will be interesting not only for historians, but also for everyone interested in culture, everyday life, and the atmosphere of life of Russian society in the late 19th – early 20th centuries.