G.N. Roerich and his analysis of the history of Indology in Russia

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The scientific heritage of Russian orientalist G.N. Roerich (1902-1960) is still not studied sufficiently. The goal of this article is to examine G.N. Roerich’s work “Indology in Russia”, which was published in English in an Indian journal (Journal of the Greater India Society) in 1945. In this article G.N. Roerich presented his vision of what is indological research meant to be. Besides G.N. Roerich’s work the article considers the works of modern indologists S.D. Serebryaniy and Ya.V. Vasil’kov, who gave their valuation of G.N. Roerich’s article. The author estimates G.N. Roerich’s contribution to the history of the oriental studies as important, and considers S.D. Serebryaniy’s work as the continuation of G.N. Roerich’s research, which covers the span till 1945.


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Alla M. Shustova

Institute of Oriental Studies Russian Academy of Sciences

Author for correspondence.
Email: parinama@yandex.ru
12 Rozhdestvenka St., Moscow, 107031, Russia

PhD (Philosophy), Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Oriental Studies Russian Academy of Sciences

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