«No eulogies for the kings»: the project «Russia — my story» defended from critics

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The creators of multimedia parks «Russia – my story» on Wednesday publicly responded to accusations of «inaccuracy» on the part of the Free historical society (VIO) and summed up the preliminary results of an educational project marked five years since the creation.

The project on creation of historic parks in the regions is implemented with the support of the Patriarchal Council for culture and the presidential administration. Now «Russia — my story» are the four major interactive exhibition covering the entire history, «Rurik 862-1598», «the Romanovs, 1613-1917, From great upheaval to a great Victory 1917-1945» and «Russia — my story 1945-2016». Appearing for the first time in 2013 at the Moscow Manege, parks-exhibitions and «went» in the regions»: only the current year we opened 16 such exposures, from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to St. Petersburg. In total, historical parks since the establishment was visited by over 4 million people.

The seventh of December on the website of the Free historical society published an appeal to the Minister of education and science of the Russian Federation Olga Vasilyeva, in which the authors pointed to a number, in their opinion, the historical discrepancies in the presented thematic subjects and urged the Ministry of education to organize a «public professional expertise of exhibitions». A copy of the letter was addressed to the Chairman of the Patriarchal Council for culture, Bishop Egorievsk Tikhon (Shevkunova).

In particular, this applies to Ivan the terrible, Peter the great, Nicholas II, Peter III, empresses of the XVIII century and the other leaders of the state.

«Thoughts about Russia»

In a letter historians VIO also asks the question about «why no one except the rulers, from the point of view of the creators of the exhibition, does not have the right to think about the good of Russia».

«And public figures, and diplomats, revolutionaries, and conservatives — there is a whole range of public sentiment in the country to one another. All Russian society of the exhibitions is rather full, meaningful and, most importantly, correctly,» — said the Yuri Petrov.

About the «who, what, and how thought and what he did for Russia,» you can learn from expository materials, said the participants of the briefing. A story about public figures, scientists, politicians, generals, writers, composers and other prominent compatriots was present in all the halls of the exhibitions «the Romanovs» and «XX century» in the «Faces era» and «Culture».

Austrian historian Andreas Kappeler, who studied Western pamphlets against Ivan the terrible, was discovered in the archives of more than 60 «flying sheets» from the time of the Livonian war, in which the king and all Russian society are presented in an extremely negative light – as barbarians, carrying the threat of enlightened Europe. According Kappeler, this information products imprinted Hiking army printing presses, which fueled Polish nobleman Lapchinskii. In one of the notes says that during the March of the guardsmen in Novgorod «Muscovites» killed 700 thousand people, despite the fact that the city’s population was then approximately 30 thousand inhabitants (according to some sources, up to 60 thousand).

«When we conduct a professional conversation, discussion, we must still be based on facts and not to attribute some, excuse me, the absurdity of our opponents», — he added.

«Judaic heresy»

The participants of the press conference also clarified the question of the FAQ about «why the fight against «Judaic heresy» paid much attention»? Namely — that this is the topic of an article in the collage, which includes seven themes and articles.

As noted by the acting rector RGGU Alexander Bezborodov, the question of the fight against «Judaic heresy» is an important theme in the history of the state and the Church, and he «paid the normal attention, if all the exposure carefully and learn».

«It is clear that there is (VIO – ed.) another question in the question – well, we need to reassure colleagues — continued Bezborodov. In the sense that the story just needs a little bit deeper to explore. «Judaic heresy» — the term adopted by the science, here the authors, co-authors no hint of anti-Semitism, and something else. Just this heresy we must examine the history of Novgorod to see the differences in the interpretations of the Bible, to study the works of people of that period, the second half of the 15th century, to understand how it’s politically pointed and how, from a scientific and historical point of view, it is very necessary to know.»

The Josephites and non-possessors

Another argument of the Free historical society: «disagreements in the Church (there is no word about the struggle of a non-possessors Josephites) strongly masked».

The authors of the multimedia exhibition Park and here recalled that the relations of the monk Joseph of Volokolamsk and nil of Sora (second half of XV – beginning of XVI century) «a separate article in the same collage» where it talks about the heresy of the Judaizers.

«The question of why Joseph of Volokolamsk and nil Sorsky shown may not be in a sufficiently acute confrontation? Would like it to be witty something that we are portrayed. I want to say about this is, is about the confrontation of these people,» — said Alexander Bezborodov.

However, he drew attention to the fact that in the case of research activities and the relationship between Joseph of Volokolamsk and nil of Sora historiography there are «many so-called synthesizing approaches».

«They not only argued, but engaged in a dialogue. If one can be more dedicated their efforts to serving the people, the other is ascetic perception of reality and appropriate behavior. It is important to see not just what separates these people, but the fact that today the science of history sees the General», — concluded the rector of the RSUH.

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Arkaim and the «proto»

In a letter to the Free historical society also raises the question of how would the professional archaeologists with a «demonstration of the arch as a monument of «proto» and, in fact, the only monument to a time before Slavic in Russia».

However, in the expositions of the historical Park, said the participants of the briefing, nowhere there is the phrase «the only monument of pre-Slavic time.» The story of the ancient city of Arkaim is dedicated to one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 80-ies of the last century. Who lived in Arkaim, what he did is an open question for scientists, and it remains so in the exposition.

The authors of a multimedia project also reported that soon will be placed the materials on such historical monuments, as near Derbent, Bulgar. They are already in the exposure of the regional parks, but will be included in the main collection.

Responding to a question q & a page about how the image of the «Slavs, Ugro-Finns and Scythians» the only inhabitants on the territory of Russia in the early middle ages with the realities, historians have noticed that, in addition to these peoples, the exhibition, representing the ancient inhabitants of the territory of Russia, are the Turks and Balts. Their images provided by the Institute of anthropology. In addition, regional exhibitions there are «additions associated with the local specifics», as, for example, in Makhachkala.

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Citation and response the Ministry of education

In his speech, Bishop Tikhon (Shevkunov) also touched on accusations of VIO inaccurate quoting.

«We have in the texts of the exposition used more than 6 thousand quotes. Of the 6 thousand quotations we pointed out a few incorrect citations. And it turned out that, indeed, two mistakes we made. We apologized, it was in 2015 for a quote from Archbishop Luke (Voyno-Yasenetsky) – a pretty common quotation, but the source we never found; and the quotation of Otto von Bismarck. We have removed these quotes from the exposition», — said the head of the Patriarchal Council for culture.

«No eulogies for the kings»: the project «Russia — my story» defended from critics© Photo : press service of the government of Nizhny Novgorod Nizhny Novgorod oblasti opened multimedia Park «Russia – my story»In General, he noted that the main objective of the project was «to show the history of Russia most as it is, without triumphalism, without fanfare, of course, without name-calling». «The history of our country is replete with victories, heavy defeats, replete and undoubted achievements, and tragic errors. All this we take as a duty to show to show, and in process of forces and possibilities, based on the opinions of contemporaries, on the views of historians, to explain, and why is this happening to us, where the roots of these errors, and where the causes of these victories,» concluded the representative of the Russian Church.

In turn, Director of Department of state policy in the sphere of General education Ministry of education and science Minister Andrei Petrov said that the Agency in the past year has «considered the possibility of using historical parks «Russia – my story» in the educational process, carried out the necessary review of this content and has issued relevant guidelines, which were sent to all regions of Russia.»

In its conclusion, the Ministry noted that such undertaking «very popular» and talking about «serious, nationwide scale project.» «Don’t use it is in the interests of our education system, our students, to put it mildly. And we are going to use it, already using it in our work», — assured the official.

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