November 8, 2019
This August, Mikhail Sinyutin, professor of the Faculty of Sociology of St Petersburg University visited the archives in Germany, France and Netherlands with the support of the Centre for German and European Studies of SPbU in order to study the biography of the eminent Russian sociologist Nikolai Andreev, who had studied in Germany from 1900 to 1905.
Archival work was carried out in Berlin (Landesarchiv Berlin, Universitätsarchiv der Humboldt-Universität), Leipzig (Universitätsarchiv Leipzig), Heidelberg (Universitätsarchiv Heidelberg), Strasbourg (Archives départementales du Bas-Rhin), and Amsterdam (Internationaal Instituut voor Sociale Geschiedenis). Auste Wolff, Sandy Muhl, Sabrina Zinke, Michèle Ludmann, Gijs Kessler, representatives of these organisations provided a great direct assistance in working with the archival funds. The meeting with professors from the University of Strasbourg Suzanne Guth, Roland Pfefferkorn and Patrick Vatier was very useful as well.
Documents testifying to Nikolai Andreev’s training for 8 semesters at three universities, lists of courses and teachers with which he studied, lists of students with whom he studied together, addresses of his residence were found in archives. Materials were obtained on his educational environment and social milieu at German universities, as well as on the activities of revolutionary groups among Russian students, in which Nikolai Andreev was actively involved.
The study allows filling the gap in the biography of Nikolai Andreev, regarding the foreign period of his studies and activities in the Berlin transport group of the RSDLP.
The results of the research trip will be presented within the CGES Working Papers series.