Great Soviet Encyclopedia


Great Soviet Encyclopedia

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia ( _ru. Большая Советская Энциклопедия, or БСЭ; transliterated Bolshaya Sovetskaya Entsiklopediya) is one of the largest and most comprehensive encyclopedias in Russian, issued by the Sovetskaya entsiklopediya state publisher.

ummary

There were three editions. The first edition of 65 volumes (65,000 entries, plus a supplementary volume about the Soviet Union) was published during 1926–1947, the chief editor being Otto Schmidt (until 1941). The second edition of 50 volumes (100,000 entries, plus a supplementary volume) was published in 1950–1958; chief editors: Sergei Vavilov (until 1951) and Boris Vvedensky (until 1969); two index volumes to this edition were published in 1960. The third edition of 1969–1978 contains 30 volumes (100,000 entries, plus an index volume issued in 1981. Volume 24 is in two books, one of them being a full-sized book about the USSR) – all with about 21 million words (Kister 365), and the chief editor being Alexander Prokhorov (since 1969).

In 1957–1990 each year the "Yearbook of the Great Soviet Encyclopedia" was released, with up to date articles about the Soviet Union and all countries of the world.

The first online edition, an exact replica of text and graphics of the third (so-called Red) edition, was published by Rubricon.com in 2000.

Other editors

Editors and contributors to the GSE included a number of leading scientists and politicians: Viktor Ambartsumian, Nikolai Baibakov, Mykola Bazhan, Nikolay Bogolyubov, Andrei Bubnov, Nikolai Bukharin, Nikolai Burdenko, Mikhail Frunze, Victor Glushkov, Igor Grabar, Veniamin Kagan, Ivan Knunyants, Andrei Kolmogorov, Valerian Kuybyshev, Anatoly Lunacharsky, Vladimir Obruchev, Aleksandr Oparin, Yuri Prokhorov, Karl Radek, Nikolai Semashko, and Kliment Voroshilov.

Translations

English

The third edition was translated and published into English in 31 volumes between 1974 and 1983 by Macmillan Publishers. Each volume was translated separately, requiring use of the index found at the front of each volume to locate specific items; knowledge of Russian can be helpful to find the right volume the first time. Not all entries were translated into English; these are indicated in the index. Overall, some entries indicate an anti-American biasFact|date=September 2008, which is understandable given the international tensions and ideological conflict between the USA and the USSR at the time.

Greek

The third edition has also been translated and published into Greek in 34 volumes between 1977 and 1983. All articles that were related to Greece or Greek history, culture and society were expanded and hundreds of new ones were written especially for the Greek edition. Thus the encyclopaedia contains, for example, both the Russian entry on Greece as well as a much larger one prepared by Greek contributors.

Finally, a supplementary volume covering the 1980s has been published in 1989. It contains translated and original Greek articles which, sometimes, do not exist in the 34-volume set.

Other Soviet Encyclopedias

Damnatio memoriae

Following the 1953 "liquidation" of Lavrentiy Beria, the notorious head of the NKVD, the encyclopedia — ostensibly in response to overwhelming public demand — mailed subscribers to the second edition a letter from the editor [Sophie Lambroschini, “ [http://truthnews.com/world/2003090026.htm Russia: Putin-Decreed ‘Great Russian’ Encyclopedia Debuts At Moscow Book Fair] ,” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty] instructing them to cut out and destroy the three-page article on Beria and paste in its place enclosed replacement pages expanding the adjacent articles on F. W. Bergholz (an eighteenth-century courtier), the Bering Sea, and Bishop Berkeley. [O. Lawrence Burnette Jr. and William Converse Haygood (Eds.), " [http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=6048534 A Soviet View of the American past: An Annotated Translation of the Section on American History in the Great Soviet Encyclopedia" (Chicago: Scott, Foresman, 1964), p. 7.] ”] By April of 1954, the Library of the University of California had received this “replacement.” [“ [http://spencer.lib.ku.edu/exhibits/bannedbooks/russia.html He who destroys a good Book, kills reason it self:an exhibition of books which have survived Fire, the Sword and the Censors] ” University of Kansas Library 1955]

This was not the only case of political influence. Evolution of descriptions of Bukharin is described in:

http://csam.montclair.edu/~kowalski/book/bse.html

Bibliography

*"Great Soviet encyclopedia", ed. A. M. Prokhorov (New York: Macmillan, London: Collier Macmillan, 1974–1983) 31 volumes, three volumes of indexes. Translation of third Russian edition of "Bol'shaya sovetskaya entsiklopediya"
*Kister, Kenneth. "Kister's Best Encyclopedias". 2nd ed. (1994)

ee also

*Damnatio memoriae
*Great Russian Encyclopedia

References

External links

* [http://www.rubricon.com/bse_1.asp The GSE with all pictures and articles on Rubricon (paid subscription required)]
* [http://encycl.yandex.ru/dict/bse Great Soviet Encyclopedia online]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Great Russian Encyclopedia — The Great Russian Encyclopedia ( ru. Большая Российская энциклопедия (БРЭ); tr.: Bol shaya Rossiyskaya Enciklopediya ) is a new universal Russian encyclopedia in 30 volumes, published since 2004 by Bol shaya Rossiyskaya Enciklopediya publisher.… …   Wikipedia

  • Moldavian Soviet Encyclopedia — (Moldovan: Енчиклопедия советикэ молдовеняскэ, Romanian: Enciclopedia sovietică moldovenească) was a multi purpose Encyclopedia of Moldavia, issued in the USSR. Moldavian Soviet Encyclopedia was printed in 8 volumes in Chişinău from 1970 to 1981 …   Wikipedia

  • Soviet Armed Forces — Soviet Armed Forces …   Wikipedia

  • Soviet and Russian manned drifting ice stations — are important contributors to exploration of the Arctic. An idea to use the drift ice for the exploration of nature in the high latitudes of the Arctic Ocean belongs to Fridtjof Nansen, who fulfilled it on Fram between 1893 and 1896. The first… …   Wikipedia

  • Soviet occupation of Latvia in 1940 — History of Latvia This article is part of a series Ancient Latvia …   Wikipedia

  • Encyclopedia — This article is about the type of reference work. For other uses, see Encyclopedia (disambiguation). Brockhaus Enzyklopädie in 1902 An encyclopedia (also spelled encyclopaedia or encyclopædia) is a type of reference work, a compendium holding a… …   Wikipedia

  • Soviet Northern Fleet — The Red Banner Northern Military Fleet (( ru. Северный военный флот ) , or Severniy voyenniy flot ) [A civilian Northern Fleet also existed prior to the Second World War] , a part of the Soviet Navy, created in 1933 [John Erickson, The Road to… …   Wikipedia

  • Soviet Union and the Arab–Israeli conflict — The Soviet Union played a significant role in the Arab Israeli conflict as the conflict was a major part of the Cold War. For related developments after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, see Russia and the Arab Israeli conflict .Marxism… …   Wikipedia

  • Soviet Sports — Sovetsky Sport (Russian:Советский спорт; English: Soviet Sports) is a Russian (formerly Soviet) daily sports newspaper. Between 1924 and 1946 the newspaper was called Red Sports (Russian: Красный спорт), it was not printed between 1928 and 1932.… …   Wikipedia

  • Soviet Decrees — Decrees ( ru. декреты) were legislative acts of the highest Soviet institutions, primarily of the Council of People s Commissars (the highest executive body) and of the Supreme Soviet or VTsIK (the highest legislative body), [Great Soviet… …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.