On the Question of Sources of the S. V. Maksimov's Book “Siberia and Katorga”

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DOI 10.28995/2073-0101-2020-3-905-916

Aleksey S. Gulin

Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russian Federation

On the Question of Sources of the S. V. Maksimov's Book “Siberia and Katorga”


The article examines archival sources which, as the author has identified, were used by the writer S. V. Maximov in chapter 3 (“The Times of Alexander II”) of part 3 of his book “Siberia and katorga”. The identifiedarchival documents matchthe text of the said chapter of the Maximov’s book, which has allowed the author to assume that they were used by the writer, when working on this chapter. Maximovdid not providenotesand references to the documentary sources used in the book, and the question of the sources of his work remains open. Asherelatedunique historical material (in the said chapter as well), the question of sources of “Siberia and katorga” is of some significance. Having analyzed the Maximov’stext, Russian philologist M. I. Shcherbakovaidentified many sources, but could not find archival sources for chapter 3. Comparative analysis confirms the author’s conclusions that documents from the Russian State Archive of the Russian Federation(files of the ThirdSection, i.e., memo of the Tobolsk governor A. I. Despot-Zenovich to the Governor-General of Western Siberia O. A. Dugamel) provided basis of the chapter “The Times of Alexander II.”Comparative text analysis of the chapter and the memo has revealed their complete or partial equivalence, which allows the author to conclude that S. V. Maximovrewrote the report of the Tobolsk governor and structured the chapter “The Times of Alexander II” of his book “Siberia and katorga” on the basis of the memo synopsis. Thus, the article proves that Maximov, when working on chapter 3 of his book, used archival materials of the higher government institutions; this is a new step in identifying the sources of his work and it maps out further research in this direction.


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Gulin Aleksey Stepanovich, Russian State University for the Humanities, Institute of History and Archives, Department of Russian History of the Middle Ages and the New Age, applicant degree of candidate of History, Moscow, Russian Federation, +7-918-106-91-09, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Submitted 21.10.2019, published (forCitation):

GULIN, A. S. K voprosu ob istochnikakh knigi S. V. Maksimova “Sibir' ikatorga” [On the Question of Sources of the S. V. Maksimov's Book “Siberia and Katorga”. InRuss.]. IN: Vestnik arhivista / Herald of an Archivist, 2020, no. 3, pp. 905-916. doi 10.28995/2073-0101-2020-3-905-916

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