SLOVAKISTIKA V ROSSII: KRATKIJ OBZOR
Slovak studies in Russia: a concise overview
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The fate of Slavic studies in Russia is complicated and it had its ups (late 19th and early 20th century) and downs (1920s and 1930s), but until now there has been a multidisciplinary tradition of studying all Slavic peoples, their languages, literature, history and culture. The article introduces readers to the Slovak studies in Russia beginning with the first research on Slovaks, which appeared when interest in Slavs in other countries was just emerging in Russia (P. I. Keppen). Further on the works of the first Russian Slavists sent by universities to Slavic lands “with research tasks” are considered. Those scientists (О. М. Bodyansky, I.I. Sreznevsky, P. P. Preys, V. I. Grigorovich and following) gathered knowledge on Slovak (but not only) dialects, folklore and the way of life, culture and history of the people and laid foundation for the studies of the next generation of Slavists ( М. P. Petrovsky, Т. D. Florinsky, А. I. Stepovich, N. V. Yastrebov). The current state of investigations in Slovak language, literature, history and culture is represented by contemporary Slovak studies, which are concentrated in the Institute for Slavic Studies in Moscow, Moscow State University, Saint-Petersburg State University. In the article main researchers and their works and publications are presented. The article is based on general research into the history of Slavic studies carried out by leading Russian scientists (L. P. Lapteva, M. A. Robinson, M. Ju. Dostaľ) and special studies devoted to the history of Slovak studies in Russia (L. N. Smirnov, N. A. Kondrashov and others).
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