Khvostov, Vladimir Mikhailovich
Born June 11 (24), 1905, in Kazan; died Mar. 9, 1972, in Moscow. Soviet historian specializing in modern history and international relations. Academician of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR (1964; corresponding member, 1953). Member of the CPSU from 1943. Son of M. M. Khvostov.
V. M. Khvostov began his career as a teacher and scholar in Kazan in 1925. Between 1934 and 1941 he was first a docent and then a professor at Moscow State University. He served in the Soviet Army from 1941 to 1944. In 1944 and 1945 and again from 1957 to 1959 he was on the staff of the Central Committee of the CPSU.
Khvostov was director of the Higher Diplomatic School of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR in 1945. From 1946 to 1954 he headed the department of international relations at the Academy of Social Sciences of the Central Committee of the CPSU. From 1946 to 1957 he was head of the board and a member of the collegium of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR. He served as an expert and adviser on a number of Soviet delegations to international conferences and to sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
Between 1959 and 1967, Khvostov was director of the Institute of History of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. He was president of the Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of the USSR from 1967 to 1971, when he became academician-secretary of the Division of History of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. He wrote and edited various works on modern history and international relations.
Khvostov became a member of the German Academy of Sciences in 1967 and the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts in 1965. He received the State Prize of the USSR in 1942 and 1946. Khvostov was awarded two Orders of Lenin, three other orders, and various medals.