- Boris Rybakov
Boris Alexandrovich Rybakov (Russian: Бори́с Алекса́ндрович Рыбако́в,
June 3 1908— December 27 2001) was a Sovietand Russian historian who personified the anti-Normanist vision of Russian history.
Rybakov held a chair in Russian history at the
Moscow Universitysince 1939, was a deputy dean of the university in 1952-54, and administered the Russian History Institute for 40 years. His first groundbreaking monograph was the "Handicrafts of Ancient Rus" (1948), which sought to demonstrate the economic superiority of Kievan Rusto contemporary Western Europe.
Rybakov led important excavations in
Moscow, Novgorod, Zvenigorod, Chernigov, Pereyaslav, Tmutarakanand Putivland published his findings in numerous monographs, including "Antiquities of Chernigov" (1949), "The Chronicles and Bylinas of Ancient Rus" (1963), "The First Centuries of Russian history" (1964), "The Tale of Igor's Campaignand Its Contemporaries" (1971), "Muscovite Maps of the 15th and early 16th Centuries" (1974), and "Herodotus' Scythia" (1979). In the latter book he viewed the Scythians described by Herodotusas ancestors of modern Slavic nations.
"Ancient Slavic Paganism" (1981) and "Ancient Paganism of Rus" (1987) are probably the best known of Rybakov's writings outside the former Soviet Union.
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