Historical Theories During the Decline of the Soviet Union and in Post-Soviet Russia

Author: Igor IONOV

Abstract. This article discusses the theoretical problems that appeared in the science of history of Russia in the latter half of the 20th and early 21st centuries and the methods used to deal with them in the context of the sociocultural and social-psychological processes unfolding in worldwide historical science. It outlines the positions of the most prominent Soviet/Russian historians and the way their theoretical postulates harmonized with their philosophies and placed them in the context of cultural, anthropological and spatial turns in our knowledge of history. The article also deals with centers of innovative historical thought and prospects of historical knowledge in modern Russia.

Keywords: civilizational approach, history of mentalities, history of everyday life, new imperial history, cognitive history, intellectual history, histoire croisée...

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