Литераторы - популяризаторы знаний о славянских народах. Случай многотомной "Живописной России" последней четверти XIX века
The publication «Picturesque Russia. Our Fatherland in its Spatial, Historical, Ethnographic, Economic and Everyday Life Sense», issued in twelwe volumes in 1881–1901, contains a whealth of data about the Slavic peoples, primarily Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians and Poles. Most of the essays on different regions of the Russian Empire were prepared by the men of letters who were often concurrently novelists, journalists, literary critics, and scholars. This article analyses the background of the publication of «Picturesque Russia», its selection of authors, their literary reputations and political preferences as well as national, regional and professional identities.