The Department of East Europe History was founded in 1807, when lecturer G. Uspensky started to deliver a separate course. In 1811 he published his first textbook “Experience of Narration about Russian Antiquity”. At Pre- Soviet period many famous historians worked at the department, D. Bagaliy was among them.
At Soviet times such historians as S. Korolivsky, A. Slyusarsky, I. Rybalka, K. Shyyan, V. Astakhov, O. Kucher and others taught at the department.
The staff of the modern Department of Russian History continues the traditions of its predecessors.
The Department of Russian History performs very important educational and scientific function. Vicinity of Russia and Ukraine, closeness of subjects, similarity of interests, aspirations of collaboration, which pages of history are tightly interwoven, promote scientific research. The department maintains close relationships with Belgorod University, Association of National and Cultural Society, which stimulates talented students with grants. The department promotes improvement of the interethnic dialogue. It has powerful creative potential and all the possibilities for further growth. All the teachers deliver four general and fourteen special courses which foresee studying of Primary Sources, Historiography, Social and Political Conception of Russia at different times, Historical Portraits, Revolutions, Patriotic War. In spite of many-sided scientific interests the research direction of social and economical and political development of Russian state, including Ukraine in the 19th century and in 20-30 years of the 20th century is being formed at the department. Professors V. Lantukh and U. Volosnyk take up the research of New Economic Policy of USSR, including Ukraine’s and Associate Professor M. Lyubychev who studies early Slavs and who is the leader of German and Slavic archeological expedition leaves for Berlin such as German scientists took an interest in his elaboration. The department estimates highly the perspectives of its research, because Ukraine together with Russia passed long period of its development.
Future specialists are to be well- informed of the process which took place in the past and to understand what is going on today. For the last five years 9 Candidate’s dissertations and one PhD thesis were presented.
There is a specious modern studying room at the department equipped with a TV and DVD- player which are used when lecturing. The biggest library at the School is peculiar pride of the department. It has more than 2 thousands duplications (titles of books and magazines are registered in the electronic catalogue of the department’s computer) .And also video rental club which contains many different video materials. The students are frequent guests here. The department tries to provide students with methodical literature. The students’ scientific coterie functions successfully at the department.