Andrei Vasilevich Shestakov

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Shestakov, Andrei Vasil’evich


Born Oct. 24 (Nov. 5), 1877, in the village of Solombala, Arkhangel’sk Province; died June 29, 1941, in Moscow. Soviet historian. Corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR (1939). Member of the CPSU from 1903.

The son of a worker, Shestakov joined the revolutionary movement in 1898. In December 1905, under the party pseudonym of Nikodim, he helped lead an armed uprising on the Moscow-Kazan railroad line. At that time he was a member of the Moscow committee of the RSDLP. From 1918 to 1921 he carried out party and soviet work in Moscow, Voronezh, and Riazan’.

After graduating from the Institute of the Red Professors in 1924, Shestakov became head of the subdepartment of Soviet history at the Communist University for Workers of the East, at the Second Moscow State University, and at the V. I. Lenin Moscow State Pedagogical Institute. He was one of the organizers and leaders of the Society of Marxist Historians. His principal works dealt mainly with the agrarian history of Russia in the period from 1861 to 1917. Shestakov headed the team of authors that wrote the textbook A Brief Course in Soviet History (1937) for the third and fourth grades of secondary school.


Ocherki po istorii naemnogo truda v sel’skom khoziaistve Rossii. vol. 1. parts 1–2. Moscow, 1924.
Kapitalizatsiia sel’skogo khoziaistva Rossii (ot reformy 1861 do voiny 1914g.). Moscow, 1924.
Krest’ianskaia revoliutsiia 1905–1907 gg. v Rossii. Moscow-Leningrad, 1926.
Ocherki po sel’skomu khoziaistvu i krest’ianskomu dvizheniiu v gody voiny ipered Oktiabrem 1917 g. Leningrad, 1927.
Bol’sheviki i krest’ianstvo v revoliutsii 1917 g. Moscow-Leningrad, 1927.


Lutskii, E. A. “A. V. Shestakov.” Istoriia SSSR, 1967, no. 3.
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