July 5, the Annual Meeting of the Russian History Society was held in Moscow. This time, the main final meeting of the year took place in the House of Pashkov to unite historians, politicians, representatives of foundations and non-commercial organizations.

Traditionally, the agenda of the General Meeting included scientific reports and discussions on the main lines of activities of the Society. This time, the key subject of the discussion was the Civil War in Russia, 100th anniversary of which is commemorated this year. This anniversary became a cause to turn to archives once again, to find the parallels in the chain of disparate, chaotic events of the epoch, and, which is the most important, to attempt to grasp their logic.

“I am strongly convinced that the civil war is the worst of all that can happen to a country and a society. To overcome severe injuries caused by the Civil War is possible only through joint efforts of the society and professional researchers, that is why today it is especially important to approach this matter prudently and competently. Modern historians and modern historiography consider the Civil War as the central stage of the Great Russian Revolution 1917–1922”, – Sergey Naryshkin, Chairman of the Russian History Society, noted in his welcome speech.

In the course of the meeting it was emphasized that support of historical research was among the key vectors of activities of the Russian History Society. This year, the Russian History Society, together with the National History Foundation, Sobranie Fund and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation launched the First Nationwide Contest of Schoolchildren Research Papers, The History of the Small Motherland is the National History. The contest priorities include the epoch of great reforms of Alexander II; the Great Russian Revolution 1917–1922; people and texts in the history of Russian literature (to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of I. S. Turgenev and the 150th anniversary of the birth of M. Gorky); monuments of the Russian history and culture. 

“The Contest organizers received over two hundred research papers from schoolchildren across 48 regions of our country. The Crimea Republic became one of the leaders in the number of submitted papers. We received well-grounded, substantial research projects, and to choose the best of the best of them will be a challenging task. Our goal is to heighten interest of today’s schoolchildren to the national history, to assist in shaping well-developed historical culture of a person”, – Arthur Rean, a member of the Contest Organizational Committee, Academician of the Russian Academy of Education, said.

“In January 2018, Sobranie Fund, the National History Foundation and Stroganov Moscow State Stroganov Academy of Design and Applied Arts signed the cooperation agreement. This wonderful Contest is held as part of this cooperation. I’d like to note that we have great plans! The Nationwide Contest is only the first step on the way of our long-term and fruitful cooperation,”Sergey Korostelev, Chairman of the Supervisory Council of Sobranie Fund, has told.

The results of the Contests will be announced in September of this year and will be published in the next issue of Vorontsovo Polye, the newsletter of the National History Foundation. The award ceremony will take place in Moscow, in the House of the Russian History Society. Then, the winners will travel to Satka of the Chelyabinsk Region, where they will participate in the Fest of Education and Science and will present their research papers.