Dubrovin, Nikolai

Dubrovin, Nikolai Fedorovich


Born Nov. 26 (Dec. 8), 1837, in the village of Korytovo, in the present-day Velikie Luki Raion, Pskov Oblast; died June 12 (25), 1904, in St. Petersburg. Russian military historian, academician of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences (1890), and general of artillery.

Dubrovin graduated from the Mikhail Artillery Academy. In 1869 he was assigned to the main headquarters to do military-historical work, and in 1882 he became a member of the Military Scholarship Committee. He became scholarly secretary of the Academy of Sciences in 1893 and editor of the journal Russkaia starina in 1896. Dubrovin was the author of numerous articles and monographs containing a great deal of factual material and based on an extensive use of archival data. Dubrovin’s main works include History of the Crimean War and the Defense of Sevastopol (1900), The Eastern War of 1853-1856 (1878), The Annexation of the Crimea to Russia (vols. 1-4, 1885-89), The Patriotic War in the Letters of Contemporaries (1882), History of the War and the Russian Empire in the Caucasus (vols. 1-6, 1871-88), and Pugachev and His Confederates (vols. 1-3, 1884). Dubrovin also wrote many documentary publications. He was a representative of the official school of historiography.


Beskrovnyi, L. G. Ocherki voennoi istoriografii Rossii. Moscow, 1962.