Department of History of the Far East Countries

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 18:45

The Head of the Department: Kolotov Vladimir N.


  • Ancient and Medieval History of China
  • Architecture of the Great Mughals
  • Basic Aspects of Protest from Lower Social Strata in Ancient and Medieval China
  • Buddhism
  • China and the Nomads of Central Asia in Ancient and Medieval History
  • Ethnography of China
  • Geography of China
  • History and Geography of Central Asia
  • History and Geography of India
  • History of Cambodia
  • History of Ideological Doctrines in Asian Countries
  • History of Japan
  • History of Pakistan
  • History of Russian-Siamеsе Relations
  • History of Modern Social Thought in China
  • History of Vietnam
  • History, Geography and Ethnography of Korea
  • History, Geography and Ethnography of Mongolia
  • History, Geography and Ethnography of Thailand
  • Medieval History of Southeast Asia
  • Modern History of Southeast Asia
  • New and Modern History of Asia and Africa
  • New and Modern History of China
  • Official Mongolian Documents of the XVII-XIX Centuries as Historical Sources
  • Political and Economic System of Modern India
  • Political and Economic System of Modern Japan
  • Political and Economic System of Modern Korea
  • Political and Economic System of Modern Thailand
  • Political and Economic System of Modern Vietnam
  • Political History of South Vietnam
  • Political System in the People’s Republic of China
  • Problems of Chinese History (XVII-XVIII Centuries)
  • Religious and Political Situation in South Vietnam
  • Russia and China: Developments in Mutual Perception, Images and Stereotypes
  • Secret Societies in China in the XVIII - early XX Centuries
  • Sources оn Ancient and Medieval History of China
  • Sources оn the History of India
  • Sources оn the History of Japan
  • Sources оn the History of Mongolia
  • Sоurсеs оn the History of Vietnam
  • Traditions of Historical Development and Modernisation (a Case of Indochina)
  • The Economic System in People’s Republic of China
  • Western Historiography оn East Asian Civilisations.

The Department offers training in the following areas of specialization: History of China, History of India, History of Korea, History of Vietnam, History of Vietnam and China, History of Malaysia and Indonesia. In addition to compulsory disciplines specified by the curriculum of history departments, students can choose from the following special courses and seminars: General and Specific in the Historical Development of Ancient and Medieval China, Secret Societies in China in the Modern Period, Traditions and Innovations in Chinese Folk Utopia in the Modern Period, Characteristics of Development of Major Regions in the PRC, Issue of Cultural Heritage in Contemporary China, Ancient Chinese Mythology, Everyday Life in Korea in the 16th-19th Centuries, North Korean Political History, History of the Delhi Sultanate, Muslim Movements in Indian Social Thought in the Second Half of the 19th Century, History of Manchuria in the 12th-19th Centuries, System for Conflict Management in South Vietnam in the Middle of the 20th Century.

The Department of History of the Far East Countries was established in 1949. Orientalist historians G. V. Efimov, L. A. Berezny, E. Ya. Lyusternik, D. I. Goldberg, N. V. Kuehner, and L. V. Zenina restored the tradition of teaching the history of the Far East countries that had been laid down in the nineteenth century by V. P. Vasilyev and S. M. Georgievsky.

In the 1950s-60s, the Department focused on the study of national liberation movements and international relations in the Far East (G. V. Efimov), contemporary history and historiography of Chinese history (L. A. Berezny), ancient and medieval Chinese history (G. Ya. Smolin), traditional Chinese historiography (B. G. Doronin), the history of secret Chinese societies and sects (B. M. Novikov), modern and contemporary Japanese history (D. I. Goldberg, L. V. Zenina), the issue of colonialism and national liberation movement in India (Yu. V. Petchenko), Russian-Indian relations (E. Ya. Lyusternik). New divisions were opened in the 1960s, including History of Thailand and Burma (B. N. Melnichenko), History of Indonesia (P. М. Movchanyuk) and History of the Philippines (B. G. Doronin). In the 1970s-80s, the research interests of the faculty turned to Chinese social thought (V. F. Gusarov, N. A. Samoilov), and religious and political history of Vietnam (V. N. Kolotov).

In recent years, the Department has been joined by specialists in the history of the countries of South-East Asia. From 1991, the Department has been exploring the relations between Russian and the countries of Eastern, Central, and South-East Asia, including the work of Russian Orthodox missions in these regions. The Department maintains links with universities and research institutions in Europe, America, Far East, and South-East Asia.

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