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The article analyzes the diary entries of the honorary citizen of the city of Orenburg, the scientist and public figure, the writer L.N. Bolshakov. From 1984 until his death, the thinker kept a diary, which is now in the family archive of his daughter, Tatyana Leonidovna Bolshakova. In the world historical science, from the middle of the twentieth century, a turn has been made from the history of states and large social groups to the history of the individual Man, to the history of everyday life. However, in the same period in Russian society, the tradition of keeping a diary is lost. In this regard, L.N. Bolshakov’s diaries have an importance value as a historical source.

The article gives an analysis of L.N. Bolshakov’s diaries in that part of it that relates to the specifics of everyday life of the provincial Russian intellectual of the 1980-ies and 1990-ies: long-distance telephone communication, hotel accommodation, postal services, the purchase of air and railway tickets, and pens. The political context of everyday life is deliberately left out. The value of the diary and the epistolary heritage of L.N. Bolshakov as a historical source, on the basis of which it is possible to analyze not only the aspects of the author’s biography, but also the peculiarities of the daily life of people of his circle of communication, the intelligentsia of the late Soviet era.

The conclusion is drawn that the diaries of L.N. Bolshakov is a historical source that can make an important contribution to the reconstruction of life of an ordinary Russian in the 1980-ies and 1990-ies, with all its nuances, temporary and even material costs.

About the authors

S. V. Lyubichankovsky

Orenburg State Pedagogical University

Author for correspondence.
Email: morenov@ssau.ru
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7045-4310

Doctor of Historical Sciences, professor, head of the Department
of History of Russia


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