Shashkov, Serafim Serafimovich

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Shashkov, Serafim Serafimovich


Born Nov. 5 (17), 1841, in Irkutsk; died Aug. 28 (Sept. 9), 1882, in Novgorod. Russian historian and publicist.

The son of a priest, Shashkov entered the Kazan Theological Academy in 1860. He was expelled on Sept. 16, 1861, for taking part in a requiem for the victims of the Bezdna uprising of 1861. He moved to St. Petersburg in 1861 and became a member of the “Siberian circle” of G. N. Potanin and N. M. Iadrintsev, as well as a contributor to the journals Vek, Iskra and Slovo. In 1863 he moved to Krasnoiarsk, where in 1864 and 1865 he gave public lectures on the history of Siberia. In the summer of 1865, Shashkov was arrested in Irkutsk for membership in the Society for Siberian Independence. He spent the period from 1868 to 1874 in exile in Arkhangel’sk and Voronezh provinces.

Beginning in 1866, Shashkov was a major contributor to the journal Delo. A representative of the democratic trend in Russian historiography, he was the author of works on the woman question, the worker question, and the history of Russian social thought. Shashkov’s works on the history of Siberia are of particular interest.


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