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OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF YURIY AFANASIEV

Summary

Yuriy Nikolaevich Afanasiev is a prominent Russian historian, influential public figure and one of the founders of the Russian State University for humanities.

His birthplace was the village of Mayna in the Ulianovskiy region, where he was born in a family of workers in 1934. Yuriy graduated from the historical department of the Moscow State University in 1957. Having become a specialist of French historiography, he has done a lot in order to introduce into practice many of the discoveries and achievements of the Annal’s school.

During perestroyka he addressed M.S. Gorbachev with an unexpected propoposal: to organize an original intellectual center, which could unite the efforts of non-typical scholars, who would develop perspective ideas. Some kind of answer to his appeal may be considered his appointment as a rector of the Moscow State Historical-Archive Institution. It was a period of unusual public interest in national history. The new head of MSHI tried to satisfy this interest by holding regular public readings entitled «The social memory of mankind» which were devoted to discussions of various historical problems.

In 1989-1991 he finally breaks with Marks' doctrine and becomes a more and more active supporter of liberal ideas, having come to conclusion that socialism is a sheer utopia. He enters public policy. At the First congress of people’s deputies he criticizes the deputies for being part of the «agressively obedient majority». The priority of human values over other doctrines turned out to be the frame-work of Afanasiev’s political credo.

In 1991-1992 Afanasiev concentrates his activity in several directions. He is a constant supporter of the radical renovation of Russian society and its integration to the world civilization. Afanasiev does a lot in order to open and set public control over KGB and Communist party archives. In 1993 he finishes his political career. He explains the events of that autumn as a clan struggle but not as a competetion between the two branches of power.

From 1991 the main thing which has consumed all attention of Yuriy Afanasiev is Russian State University for Humanities, which with his assistance was founded on the basis of the Moscow State Historical-Archive Institution. He has formulated its main purposes as the training of humanists of XXI century to have a broad, diverse outlook on the world.

From 1991 to 2006 the main thing which has consumed all attention of Yuriy Afanasiev is Russian State University for Humanities, which with his assistance was founded on the basis of the Moscow State Historical-Archive Institution. He has formulated its main purposes as the training of humanists of XXI century to have a broad, diverse outlook on the world.

The many-sided abilities of Yu. Afanasiev are a kind of guarantee that many things will be done and said by him. In what sphere? The future will show us...


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