Volkogonov, Dmitriĭ Antonovich

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Soviet historian.

From the description of Dmitriĭ Antonovich Volkogonov papers, 1917-1995. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 123379692

Military historian, member of the Russian parliament, and advisor to the president of the Russian Federation. Born 1928; died 1995.

From the description of Papers of Dmitriĭ Antonovich Volkogonov, 1763-1995 (bulk 1917-1995). (University of Oxford). WorldCat record id: 526091435

Biographical Note

  • 1928, Mar. 22: Born, Mangut, Chitinskii Region, Russia
  • 1937: Father executed as an enemy of the people
  • 1946: Entered Ul'ianovsk Military Tank School and became a propaganda officer
  • 1947: Joined the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
  • 1951: Married Galina Alekseevna Kuptsova
  • 1952: Daughter Tat'iana Dmitrievna born
  • 1959 - 1962 : Student, Lenin Military Academy, Moscow, Russia
  • 1960: Daughter Ol'ga Dmitrievna born
  • 1966: Defended doctoral (kandidatskaia) dissertation
  • 1966 - 1970 : Taught philosophy, Lenin Military Academy, Moscow, Russia
  • 1970: Defended doctoral dissertation in philosophy Transferred to the General Political Directorate of the Soviet Army
  • 1973: Appointed colonel-general of the Soviet army
  • 1985: Proposal to liquidate political units of the Soviet army and replace them with information units resulted in removal from office
  • 1985 - 1991 : Director, Institute of Military History of the Ministry of Defense and the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • 1988: Met Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin at the Nineteenth Party Conference in June
  • 1989: Published Triumf i tragediia: politicheskii portret I.V. Stalina: v 2-kh knigakh. Moscow: Izd-vo Agenstva pechati Novosti. 2 vols.
  • 1990: Elected to the Russian parliament Published 30-e gody: vzgliad iz segodnia. Moscow: Nauka Defended doctoral dissertation in history: "Stalinism: Essence, Genesis, and Evolution"
  • 1991: Diagnosed with terminal cancer Appointed security and defense advisor to Yeltsin when the Soviet Union dissolved and Russia became independent; took an active role in the formation of a new Russian ministry of defense Appointed chair of the commission for creation of the Russian defense ministry and armed forces
  • 1992: Published Trotskii: politicheskii portret: v dvukh knigakh. Moscow: Novosti. 2 vols. Appointed Russian co-chairman of the U.S.-Russia Joint Commission on Prisoners of Wars and Missing in Action Elected corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • 1993: Elected to first post-Soviet parliament on reformer Yegor Gaidar's ticket Elected member of presidential council
  • 1994: Published Lenin: politicheskii portret v dvukh knigakh. Moscow: Novosti. 2 vols.
  • 1995: Published Sem' vozhdei: galereia liderov SSSR: v 2-kh knigakh. Moscow: Novosti. 2 vols. Awarded Gosudarstvennaia Premiia
  • 1995, Dec. 6: Died, Krasnogorsk, Russia

From the guide to the Dmitriĭ Antonovich Volkogonov Papers, 1887-1995, (bulk 1917-1995), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Biographical/Historical Note

Soviet historian.

From the guide to the Dmitrii Antonovich Volkogonov papers, 1917-1995, (Hoover Institution Archives)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
Place Name Admin Code Country
Russia (Federation)
Soviet Union
United States
Soviet Union
United States
Russia (Federation)
Soviet Union
Foreign countries
Soviet Union History.
Archives--Government policy--Soviet Union
Counterrevolutionaries--Soviet Union
Archives--Government policy
Power (Social sciences)--Psychological aspects
Cold War
Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962
World War, 1939-1945--Soviet Union
Communism--Soviet Union
Concentration camps--Soviet Union
Russians--Political activity
Missing in action
Russians--Foreign countries--Politics and government
Power (Social sciences)--Soviet Union--Psychological aspects
Prisoners of war
World War, 1914-1918
Heads of state--Soviet Union--Biography
Communist parties--Russia
Heads of state--Biography
Arms race--Soviet Union
Archives--Government policy--Russia (Federation)
History, Modern
Communist parties--Soviet Union
Power (Social sciences)
Arms race
World War, 1914-1918 Russia
Power (Social sciences)--Soviet Union
World War, 1939-1945
Revolutionaries--Soviet Union--Biography
Communist parties
Communist parties--Russia (Federation)
Concentration camps
Jews--Persecutions--Soviet Union
Legislators--Russia (Federation)
Military historians
Presidential advisors--Russia (Federation)


Birth 1928-03-22

Death 1995-12-06




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