Zamyslovskii, Egor

Zamyslovskii, Egor Egorovich


Born June 6 (18), 1841, in Grodno; died May 9 (21), 1896, in St. Petersburg. Russian historian; corresponding member of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences (1888).

Zamyslovskii graduated from the department of history and philology at St. Petersburg University and taught history at the Alexander Lycee (1868–71). In 1871 he became a professor at the History and Philology Institute in St. Petersburg and in 1884, a professor at St. Petersburg University. He wrote chiefly on 17th-century Russian history. His works include The Reign of Fedor Alekseevich (1871), Massa and Gerkman on the Time of Troubles in Russia(1874), Herberstein and His Historical Geographical Reports on Russia (1884), and Russian and Polish Relations During the Reign of Fedor Alekseevich (1887). He also wrote a series of other works on Russia’s relations with England, Denmark, and Sweden.

Zamyslovskii’s most important works are a study of the German diplomat, traveler, and memoirist S. Herberstein and a Russian historical atlas with an explanatory text for use in schools. He compiled a specialized dictionary for the documents of the time of Peter I. A proponent of the so-called Norman theory, Zamyslovskii overrated the role of the geographic factor in Russian history.