Crimea (Yalta) Conference of 1945: On Creating a Unified Register of Historical Sources

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Shevchenko O.K.,

Simferopol, Russian Federation

Crimea (Yalta) Conference of 1945: On Creating a Unified Register of Historical Sources


The article addresses the issue creating a database on the Yalta Conference. As after 70 years of studying the Yalta (Crimea) Conference the sources on it remain unsystemized, the study is of some significance. This resulted in a considerable fall in scholarly importance of articles and monographs on the Yalta Conference. After years of work the author offers a special matrix to create a register of sources. The matrix consists of six key groups, each group is divided into separate segments. The article provides examples of entering data in specific groups and segments, demonstrates prospects of the proposed matrix and its scientific relevance. Particular attention is paid to archival data on the Yalta Conference, and their representation in the scholarship. It contends that, although there is a large scope of archival materials on Yalta-45, they are rarely published and described. It focuses on the mechanism of introducing new data into scientific use. Documents representations made on a conference in Yalta in 2015 are used as a case-study. There is a comprehensive list of the documents from the Archive of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. The author proposes practical steps for the introduction of unified register of sources and stresses the need for digital capture of published archival materials. He proves importance of creating a single center, single research organization for carrying out a complex of works related to digital capture, description and high-quality publication of archival sources. Obviously, existing structures, and the Livadia Palace Museum in particular, prove unequal to the task. Despite these difficulties the author is optimistic. The archives are available to researchers, there are published collections of documents and some publications. All this allows to say that there is a basis of information. Processing and systematization of data is the next step.


Yalta (Crimea) Conference of 1945, sources, archival materials.

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Shevchenko Oleg Konstantinovich, PhD in Philosophy, assistant professor at the V.I.Vernadsky Crimea Federal University, Simferopol, Russian Federation, +7(978)7035266, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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