Tokarev, Sergei

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Tokarev, Sergei Aleksandrovich


Born Dec. 16 (28), 1899, in Tula. Soviet ethnographer and historian; doctor of historical sciences (1940). Honored Scientist of the Yakut ASSR (1956) and of the RSFSR (1971).

Tokarev was a professor of history at Moscow State University from 1939 to 1973. Since 1943 he has been a section head of the Institute of Ethnography of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR.

Tokarev’s main works deal with social structure, ethnogeny, the history of the world’s religions and forms of religious observance, and historiography. His special field of interest is the ethnography of the peoples of Siberia, Oceania, and Western Europe. He is a coauthor and editor of The Peoples of America, The Peoples of Europe Outside the USSR, The Peoples of Australia and Oceania, and the multivolume series Peoples of the World. Tokarev was awarded two orders and various medals.


Obshchestvennyi stroi iakutov v XVII–XVIII vv. Yakutsk, 1945.
Etnografiia narodov SSSR. Moscow, 1958.
Rannie formy religii i ikh razvitie. Moscow, 1964.
Istoriia russkoi etnografii. Moscow, 1966.
Religiia v istorii narodov mira, 3rd ed. Moscow, 1976.


“S. A. Tokarev.” Sovetskaia etnografiia, 1969, no. 6.
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