Designers of the Past and Various Histories for a Russian University
ABSTRACT: The article tracks the evolution of discourses and languages of university history writing in the pre-Soviet era (1755–1917). Vishlenkova explores the objectives of authors who wrote history on commission from the Russian government or administration. The article discusses the state of university archives and describes the analytical tools of university historians and the responses of contemporaries to the histories created by these authors. Despite a radical change in the historical-cultural context, nearly all discourses that emerged in the nineteenth century survive to this day. Moreover, they offer a historical basis for reforming the higher educational system.