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Scarce history of the Siberian Khabarovsk military school, published in the USA – in excellent condition.
This collection of essays was compiled between 1957 and 1977 on the initiative of the former cadets and professors of the military school. Count Muraviov-Amurskii Khabarovsk Military School was established in 1900 by the order of Nicholas II. Sixteen classes of cadets, each comprising around seventy students, graduated by 1920, when due to the Civil war the school was evacuated to Vladivostok. In 1922 the school had to be relocated to Shanghai, and two years later – to The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenians, later known as Yugoslavia, where it was disbanded.
The work was prepared in several stages, as it certainly took time and efforts to trace former students spread around the world by the revolution and Civil war. Three initial typescript issues preceded this publication, which finally comprised memoirs and documents and photographs supplied by the school’s seventy-seven former cadets. The editors (Sermen Bogoliubov, Vladimir EGOROV and Aleksandr MARTIANOV, all under the direction of Murzin) even succeeded in recreating complete lists of all the commanders, professors and graduates who taught and studied at the school during its twenty-year history.
The work is uncommon: funded through private donations, the book was published in a limited quantity, probably around 200-300 copies (ours is copy #33), and distributed among the interested parties. WorldCat locates copies in five public libraries, all in the U.S. (Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary, Jordanville, Library of Congress, Cleveland Public Library, Miami University Libraries, Arizona State University Library and Indiana University); in Russia we could trace only one copy in a public institution (in the Far East State Scientific library).
This Bloomington, CA, production shouldn’t be confused with the 1978 San Francisco publication “Khabarovskii grafa Muraviova-Amurskogo kadetskii korpus. 1888-1978”. Issued in edition of 500 copies, it is less sophisticated and considerably more common.
Avenir Nizoff (a pianist in the second half of the 20th century, living in Edmonton, Canada, who gathered a very large library of Russian works of all kinds, with a strong representation of émigré works).