Educating Russian Aristocratic Youth: From the Grand Tour to the Discovery of National Roots (the Families of Golitsyn and Apr aksin, 1780–1812)

  • Stefan Lehr University of Münster, Münster


The author examines education in imperial Russia, referring to the aristocratic family of Golitsyn in the late 18th and early 19th century. The article deals with the significance of education for the members of the Golitsyn family and examines the motivation to obtain it. The author studies the ideals of perfect education and the role of the parents in raising their children. Referring to the Grand Tour of two young Golitsyn princes, he shows proper noble education at work. The article also surveys the role of the Russian language in the process of education. In conclusion, the author examines to what extent the conduct of the Golitsyn family was typical of the Russian aristocracy. The article is mostly based on family correspondence kept in Moscow and Saint Petersburg archives.

Author Biography

Stefan Lehr, University of Münster, Münster
Dr., Research Assistent


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How to Cite
Lehr, S. (1). Educating Russian Aristocratic Youth: From the Grand Tour to the Discovery of National Roots (the Families of Golitsyn and Apr aksin, 1780–1812). Quaestio Rossica, (2), 158 -.
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