On Raising and Educating the Nobility in Russia and in Europe: Results of International Cooperation

Keywords: Russian Empire; Europe; early modern period; nobility; aristocracy; history of education; Grand Tour; honnête homme


This review examines a collection of sixteen research papers by a group of renowned Russian and non-Russian specialists in early modern history. The authors try to formulate the essence of the all-European ideal of noble education and to outline the educational trajectories and strategies of the nobility both from Russia and different parts of Europe. The papers refer to a considerable number of archival sources and employ relevant methods and original approaches. The authors agree that during the period in question, for a well-educated representative of the European nobility, it was important to be able to communicate with those of equal standing, which entailed following social niceties and the art of letter-writing. As for academic knowledge, a nobleman was expected to have a general notion of various domains, including new disciplines, such as fortification, cameralism, mining, agriculture, etc. The reviewer criticises the scholarly apparatus of the publication and its design.

Author Biography

Yulia But

PhD (History), Associate Professor, Ural Federal University named after the first President of Russia B. N. Yeltsin.

19, Mira Str., 620002, Yekaterinburg, Russia.

ORCID 0000-0003-4105-2387



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Andreev, A. Yu. (2009). Rossiiskie universitety XVIII – pervoi poloviny XIX veka v kontekste universitetskoi istorii Evropy [Russian Universities of the 18th and the First Half of the 19th Centuries in the Context of European University History]. Moscow, Znak. 640 p.

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How to Cite
But, Y. (2020). On Raising and Educating the Nobility in Russia and in Europe: Results of International Cooperation. Quaestio Rossica, 8(3), 1039–1050. https://doi.org/10.15826/qr.2020.3.511
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