Boris Borisovich Veselovskii

Veselovskii, Boris Borisovich


Born June 22 (July 4), 1880, in the village of Bobylevka, in present-day Saratov Oblast; died May 28, 1954, in Moscow. Soviet historian of the zemstvo (provincial and district self-government) and of agrarian relations, specialist in the history and economics of municipal economy and in regional studies. Born into a noble family.

While Veselovskii was a student at the Moscow Higher Technical School, he joined the Social Democrats. Beginning in 1905 he was a researcher, instructor, and publicist. The most important of Veselovskii’s works on the history of local self-government is History of the Zemstvo Over Forty Years (vols. 1-4, 1909-11). After the October Revolution, Veselovskii worked in the Central Archive Administration, in the USSR Gosplan (State Planning Commission), and in other agencies; from the 1920’s through the 1940’s he was a professor at Moscow University (from 1927) and an instructor at the S. Ordzhonikidze Moscow Institute of Engineering and Economics. Veselovskii elaborated questions of the economics of the Soviet municipal economy.


Kurs ekonomiki i organizatsii gorodskogo khoziastva, 3rd ed. Moscow, 1951.