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Letters of the apostle of science Ivan Mikhailovich Ionenko


Kabytov P. S.



The article presents the letters of the Honored Worker of the Tatar ASSR, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor, Head of the Department of History of the USSR of the Kazan State University named after V. I. Ulyanov-Lenin Ivan Mikhailovich Ionenko to his student P. S. Kabytov. They contain rich historical information about the multifaceted activities of the Kazan historian — information about the initiation of I. M. Ionenko as one of the heads of the Volga section of the Scientific Council of the USSR Academy of Sciences on the complex problem “The Great October Socialist Revolution”, holding regional scientific conferences in the university centers of the Volga region — Kazan, Ulyanovsk, Kuibyshev and Volgograd; his participation in the establishment of the Middle Volga Association of Agricultural Historians and in holding scientific conferences in Yoshkar-Ola, Saransk, Cheboksary and Kazan; the role of the scholar in the preparation of collective monographs and the formation of a scientific school of historians specializing in the history of the Great Russian Revolution, the Great Patriotic War and the agrarian history of Russia. From the letters, you can find out what the relationship between Soviet scientists was, which allows you to reconstruct the moral atmosphere of the regional university scientific community in the 70s — 80s of the twentieth century.


Keywords: I. M. Ionenko, Kazan State University, the Great Russian Revolution, Scientific School of Historians, collective monographs, Volga Region Section of the Scientific Council of the USSR Academy of Sciences


For citation: Kabytov PS. Letters of the apostle of science Ivan Mikhailovich Ionenko. Center and Periphery. 2023;18(3):43—56. EDN YZWCCK




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Information about the author:

Petr S. Kabytov, Head of Department of Russian History of the Samara National Research University (1 Akademika Pavlo­va Str., Samara 443068, Russia), Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2359-2155, Researcher ID: S-2272-2016, Scopus ID: 57194763364, don.kabytov2012@yandex.ru


Conflict of interests: the author declares no conflict of interests.


The author has read and approver the final version of the manuscript.


The article was submitted 31.01.2023; approved after reviewing 28.03.2023; accepted for publication 04.04.2023.