Russian historians preparing textbooks on “Novorossiya”



2014/08/30 • News

Russian academicians are promising to complete an edition of the “History of Novorossiya” by March 2015.

The Director of the Institute of Russian History, Yuri Petrov, made the announcement at a joint meeting of historians from the Russian Academy of Sciences with State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin , reports Ukrainska Pravda, August 26, citing ITAR-TASS.

“We have already formed a creative team, and we are ready to get to work and prepare a draft of the text by March or so, Petrov said. The volume is 60 printer’s sheets (more than a thousand pages).” The future book is included on the list of priority projects of the Russian Historical Society,

In July 2014, the Russian Academy of Sciences announced plans to write a history of “Novorossiya’ under the auspices of the Russian Historical Society. According to the academicians, the borders of the “Novorossiya” consist of the “mouth of  the Dniester River, the North Caucasus in the east, the present Luhansk and Kharkiv region in the north.

The Russian Historical Society was founded in 2012. It is headed by Sergey Naryshkin, who previously was chairman of the Historical Truth Commission, the presidential commission to counter “attempts to falsify history to the detriment of Russia.” The Board of Trustees is headed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. It is this organization that develops the “canonical” concept for the teaching of Russian history in secondary schools.

In June 2014, Putin instructed the Ministry of Education and the Historical Society to “adequately present the role of Crimea in Russia’s destiny” for the new Russian history curriculum in the schools. In July 2014, it was reported that the State Duma wants to change the official name of the southeast of Ukraine to  “Novorossiya.”

Novorossiya is an administrative term, introduced in the XVIII century by the imperial administration in St Petersburg, for the lands of the Zaporizhia (Cossack) Army and the Crimean Khanate. During tsarist times it was used as a political term.

The Novorossiya Gubernia (province) existed on Cossack and Tatar lands twice: during 1764-1783, with a center in Kremenchuk, and during 1796-1802, with a center in Novorossiysk (later moved to Katerynoslav, today’s Dnipropetrovsk).

In the XIX century, the gubernia was divided into three — Katerynoslavsk, Kherson, and Tavriya. Part of the territory of current Donbas (Luhansk, Donetsk, Artemivsk, Mariupol) belonged to the Katerynoslavsk Guberniya with a capital in today’s Dnipropetrovsk. Tahanroh and Rostov-on-Don also belonged to it (now in Russia).

The northern lands of today’s Donbas never belonged to “Novorossiya.” Sloviansk (previously Cossack fortress Tor), Kramatorsk, Starobilsk, Bilovodsk were part of Slobozhansk Ukraine (during the time of the Kharkiv Gubernia).

Gained as a result of wars with the Ottoman Empire, the lands of the Dyke Pole (Wild Steppe) from the Dniester River to Kuban were colonized primarily by Ukrainians.

According to Vladimir Kabuzan, the noted Russian researcher in historical demographics, Ukrainians made up 74%  of the population in the Kherson and Katerynoslavsk provinces in the mid-nineteenth century.

Pravda, translated by Anna Mostovych

Image credit: Ukraine Internet Portal. New Russia or Novorossiya c.1800

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  • Murf

    I think they have a long way to go yet.
    Hopefully this will as big a wast of Russian money as the Shochi highway that cost 9 billion for 15 miles or so.

    • Edison

      What about water? In November, 2013 the Republican Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food said about 20 billion USD is needed for full recovery and reconstruction of irrigation in the Crimea. The North Crimea canal used to carry up to 3 billion cubic meters per year. Now it can only bring 1.8 billion from the Dnieper River because it leaks too much. Local sources only provide 1 billion cubic meters. The last two years had bad drought and this year is very bad for agriculture. There is no water above or below ground in Kerch or Feodosia, and almost none in Simferopol. But Putin wants to build a Crimean Disneyland and Casinos for the millions of Russians driving across the new bridge. To support them he will also need to build a 30-foot diameter pipeline across the Kerch Straight to bring 10,000,000 cubic meters of water each day from Russia. This begs the question of where is that water going to come from? It will have to come from the Krasnodar Reservoir, which is about 50 miles from Kerch, and will require another 20B USD, and Krasnodar won’t be happy about the drain on their water supply. Another option is to invade Georgia again and build a pipeline from the Terek, but that would make Georgians angry. Maybe he thought about this already and decided it’s easier to conquer Ukraine and create Novorossiya.

      • Murf

        A hundred men took control of Crimea. Nobody lifted a finger to stop them.
        Crimea fits in to the “It’s Putin’s problem.” category.
        This is the cold blooded math of war talking but I hope Crimea turns into a dust bowl and all the world (particularly Russians living in other countries) can see New Russia for what it really is, one mans vain glorious dream turned into nightmare reality
        If I lived in Crimea I would get the hell out. Putin is not going to sink any more money into the barren peninsula than he has to.
        All national pride aside UA is well rid of the place and should make the best deal it can for it. The money is better spent else where.

  • Svarun

    Let me guess, the most influential amongst these “academicians” is Dugin a.k.a. Putin’s Rasputin, right?

    “… State Duma wants to change the official name of the southeast of Ukraine to “Novorossiya.”…”

    I want to change the official name of Russia to “Golden Horde’s vassal”; that would be historically and substantially correct. Or even better: “蒙古新” (New Mongolia)

  • Jacks Channel

    Novorossiya. What a joke. The modern day Golden Horde is at it again.

  • Jacks Channel

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  • thisismehere

    It has been said that “in Russia history not even a sure thing.”

  • Jacks Channel

    Putin is saying that Ukrainians are actually Russians, Russians that drifted away over time through influence by western countries over the last few hundred or so years.

    I need to hear what a Ukrainian has to say about this because what Putin said is nonsense.
    How can he believe this?

  • Mazepa

    Too funny!!!
    The mockal ‘academic’ monkeys will have to begin EVERY book chapter with ‘the dead bodies of rotten mockal corpses were rotting for 4 months before we could return them to their respective families. We had historic losses in the war with Ukrayina’s kozaky and paid a very, very heavy price for putin’s stupidity.’
    Smert to the mockal swine!
    Praviy Cektor.

  • Dirk Smith

    I hope they don’t forget to include the murder of nearly 300 innocents on MH17.