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ANTONIY VASILIEVICH FLOROVSKY
Florovsky Antoniy Vasilievich (1884-1968) is a Russian historian, Slavicist. He emigrated in the beginning of the 1920s. Professor of the Karlov University in Prague. He is the author of works on history of the Grand Commission of 1767, a post-reform state of Russian peasants, the Russian-Czech and Russian-Austrian relations. His works were published in Soviet historical journals.
Antoniy Vasilievich Florovsky was born on the 1st (14th by the new style) of December 1884 in City of Elizavetgrad (since 1924 City of Kirovograd) in the family of prist Vasiliy Antonovich Florovsky (1852 – 1928) and Klavdiya Georgievna, nee Popruzhenko.
In 1894 the Florovsky moved to Odessa. While in the gymnasium Antoniy took an interest in history, Russian and the Church Slavonic language. On leaving the gymnasium he entered the Novorossiysk University, the Faculty of History and Philology (1903 – 1908). His major subject was history of Russia. His student work “The problem of peasants in the legislative commission of 1767” was awarded a gold medal (1907). On its basis he wrote and published his first monograph (1910).
Since 1907 Antoniy Vasilievich lectured at the Odessa Commercial College (an advanced course “History of the reign of Ekaterina the Great”), conducted seminars in Russian history.
In 1916 Florovsky defended his master dissertation at the Moscow University “Composition of the Legislative Commission of 1767-1774” and was awarded the Uvarov prize of the Academy of Sciences for his work. Since 1916 he was a professor at the Faculty of Russian History of the Novorossiysk University and lectured history at the Higher Women’s Courses and in 1917 – 1918 at the Faculty of Economy of the Odessa Polytechnic Institute. On August 10, 1917 he was elected a member of the Local Council of the Orthodox All-Russian Church. Antony Florovsky was the head of the Department of Historical Geography at the Archeological Institute founded after reorganization of the Odessa University (1920 – 1922). Since 1911 he was a full member of the Odessa Slavic Charitable Society, worked at the Odessa Bibliographical Society, the Society of History and Philology (1912), The Odessa Society of History and Antiquity (1911 – 1922). He worked at the Odessa Regional Archive Board (1920 – 1922), in the Odessa Public Library (1921 – 1922).
In 1922 Antoniy Florovsky was deported from the country by the decree of the All-Union Central Executive Committee (ACEC) of August 10 “About administrative deportation”. After visiting Turkey, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia he settled down in Czechoslovakia. There he began lecturing at the Russian Faculty of Law – the institution under the auspices of the Karlov University in Prague. Besides, Antoniy Vasilievich started his activity in different Russian foreign and emigrant organizations. He took part in the work of congresses of Russian scientist abroad in Prague (1924), Belgrade (1928) and Sofia (1930).
After acknowledgement of his Russian diploma in 1933 Florovsky lectured history at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Karlov University.
In 1936 he defended his dissertation “Czechs and Eastern Slavs. Essays on the history of the Czech – Russian relations (X-XVIII centuries)”. Since that time he was Doctor of Philosophy and a professor at the Karlov University, Doctor of Russian History.
In December 1946 he was granted Russian citizenship but did not return to the homeland.
Since 1947 Antoniy Florovsky began to publish his works in the Soviet country. In 1957 he became Doctor of Historical Sciences of Czechoslovakia. In 1948 - 1957 he became an ordinary professor at the Faculty of Russian History of the Karlov University.
Florovsky did not flaunt his political views. It is known that in the 1920s he dreamt that “Russia would be free of the Soviet rule and revive” but after the Second World War his attitude to the country that gained Great victory over fascism changed. He established close scientific relations with Soviet colleagues and published a series of works in the Soviet Union.
The main dates of A.V. Florovsky’s life and activity
• Antoniy Vasilievich Florovsky was born on December 1, 1884 in the family of the priest in Elizavetingrad.
• 1894-1903 – studied at the 4th classical gymnasium in City of Odessa.
• 1903-1908 – studied at the Faculty of History and Philology of the Novorossiysk University.
• 1907 – wrote his student’s paper “The problem of peasants in the legislative commission of 1767” awarded with the gold medal.
• 1910 – published the monograph on the basis of his student work.
• 1911 – passed exams for the master’s degree. He delivered lectures as a privat-docent.
• 1916 - defended his master dissertation “Composition of the Legislative Commission of 1767-1774”. The work was awarded the Uvarov prize of the Academy of Sciences.
• 1916 - a professor at the Faculty of Russian History of the Novorossiysk University and lectured ancient history of Russia. At the same time (1915) he lectured Russian history at the Higher Women’s Courses in Odessa.
• 1917-1918 – lectured Russian history at the Faculty of Economy of the Odessa Polytechnic Institute.
• 1920 -lectured at the Archeological Institute and institutes founded on the base of the Novorossiysk University.
• 1922 –deported from the country by the decree of the All-Union Central Executive Committee (ACEC) of August 10 “About administrative deportation”.
• 1923-1930 – lectured at the Russian Faculty of Law of the Karlov University, headed the Department of History and Philology of the Russian Educational Board. Since 1923 he became an expert of the Registration Commission of the Russian Abroad Historical Archive.
• 1933 – began to lecture history of Russia at the Faculty of Law of the Karlov University, chairman of the Registration Commission of RAHA (Russian Abroad Historical Archive), co-chairman of the Committee of the Russian book.
• 1936 – defended his dissertation “Czechs and Eastern Slavs. Essays on the history of the Czech – Russian relations (X-XVIII)”. Doctor of Philosophy and a professor at the Karlov University, Doctor of Russian History.
• 1946 – was granted Russian citizenship but did not return to the homeland. Published his works in the Soviet Union.
• 1948-1957 – an ordinary professor at the Faculty of Russian History of the Karlov University.
• 1957 – Doctor of Historical Science of Czechoslovakia.
• 1968 – died on March 27 in Prague.