Bogdanovich, Modest

Bogdanovich, Modest Ivanovich


Born Aug. 26 (Sept. 7), 1805, in Sumy; died July 25 (Aug. 6), 1882, in Oranienbaum. Russian military historian. Lieutenant general (1863).

Bogdanovich studied at the Dvorianstvo Regiment School (for nobility and gentry), and in 1823 he was promoted to the rank of officer. He graduated from the Military Academy in 1835; from 1838 he was an adjunct professor and from 1843, a professor in the subdepartment of military history and strategy. Beginning in 1863, upon appointment by the Ministry of War, Bogdanovich was the official military historiographer. He was the author of many works on Russian military history of the 18th and 19th centuries and one of the authors and the editor of the second edition of Military Encyclopedic Lexicon (vols. 1–14, 1852–58) andHistorical Outline of the Activity of the Military Administration in Russia During the Period 1855–80 (vols. 1–6, 1879–81). The works of Bogdanovich, who was a representative of dvorianstvo historiography, were compiled on the basis of official documents, and they contain rich factual material. However, they lack an analysis of sources and a critical appraisal of the facts.


Istoriia Otechestvennoi voiny 1812, vols. 1–3. St. Petersburg, 1859–60.
Istoriia voiny 1813 za nezavisimost’ Germanii, vols. 1–2. St. Petersburg, 1863.
Istoriia voiny 1814 vo Frantsii i nizlozheniia Napoleona I, vols. 1–2. St. Petersburg, 1865.
Istoriia tsarstvovaniia imp. Aleksandra I i Rossii v ego vremia, vols. 1–6. St. Petersburg, 1869–71.
Vostochnaia voina 1853–56, 2nded., vols. 1–4. St. Petersburg, 1877.