“I have to wait and look around”: George Fedotov’s letters from New Haven to his...

“I have to wait and look around”: George Fedotov’s letters from New Haven to his wife, 1941

Aleksandr V. Antoshchenko
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The letters of the well-known émigré historian and essayist are published. The letters are stored in the Bakhmeteff archive of Russian and East European culture at Columbia University. In the introduction, the publisher shows the assistance rendered to G. Fedotov by the well-known figures of the Russian diaspora in the United States and characterizes the importance of the correspondence for study of how he was looking for his place in the American academic community. The historian hoped to find it due to the invitation to attend the meetings of the Theological Discussion Group. Particular attention is paid to G. Fedotov’s critical understanding of the intellectual heritage of his former colleague, Fr. S. Bulgakov, caused by the need to deliver lectures at Divinity School. The consequences of this were reflected in The Russian Religious Mind, the final work of the historian, in which he criticized pagan hylozoism found in Kievan Christianity, and negatively assessed the Byzantine influence. The text of the letters is presented in accordance with the present-day spelling rules and accompanied with the necessary commentary.
Aleksandr V. Antoshchenko
Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor of the Department of Russian History
Institute of History,Political and Social Sciences, Petrozavodsk State University
Petrozavodsk, Russia,
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Antoshchenko, А. “‘I have to wait and look around’: George Fedotov’s letters from New Haven to his wife, 1941.” Historia Provinciae – the Journal of Regional History, vol. 5, no. 2 (2021): 604–38,

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