Strengthening Norman tendencies in the early stages of the formation of Soviet historical science

  • S. O. Kyrylenko PhD, Associate Professor of the Department of History of Ukraine Mykola Gogol State University of Nizhyn
Keywords: origin of Rus, historiographical process, Normanism


The article is devoted to a comprehensive analysis of research on the origin of Rus in the context of the development of historical thought in the 1920s - early 1930s. This publication reveals the prerequisites for changing the conceptual foundations of post-revolutionary historical science on the formation of the ancient Rus. Attention is drawn to the first scientific works of historians of the 1920s and 1930s, which proved the Norman origin of the first Russian princes and the bringing of statehood from Scandinavia. The focus is on the historiographical works by O. Shakhmatov, P. Smirnov, V. Brim, which led to the complete
restoration of Normanism in its most radical expression. It is noted that this was largely due to the fact that W.Tomsen’s "ultra-Normanism" had never found a worthy opponents. It is emphasized that a convincing impression of the final victory of the Norman concept is formed in the scientific circles, since scientists of the "old school", whose studies were based on long-developed methodological principles, continued to work in academic and educational institutions from the beginning to the end of the 1920s. The author of the article concludes that, at the turn of the 1920s and 1930s Normanism was proclaimed like Marxism-Leninism as an only-true doctrine, which was actively disseminated and promoted both in scientific institutions and in secondary educational establishments through an extensive system of scientific-popular literature and school textbooks.


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Kyrylenko, S. O. “Strengthening Norman Tendencies in the Early Stages of the Formation of Soviet Historical Science”. Literature and Culture of Polissya, Vol. 97, no. 12i, Feb. 2020, pp. 5-15, doi:10.31654/2520-6966-2019-12i-97-5-15.