The golden fund of the Russian Geographical Society

V.P. Semenov-Tian-Shansky (1870-1942)
V.P. Semenov-Tian-Shansky (1870-1942)

The book of the geographer, statistician, the Honorary member of the Society of V.P. Semenov-Tyan-Shansky «District and country» has been issued. This is the second edition of the famous work of the scientist, issued by the Russian Geographical Society 89 years after the first one.

«Such large interval can be explained with not a lack of interest in the book from the reader, on the contrary, the edition of 1928 after the release was literally «snapped up», - the Doctor of Geographical Sciences, First Vice-President of Russian Geographical Society Nikolay Kasimov notes in the foreword.

The book is a unique encyclopedia, which has become a universally recognized classic. V.P. Semenov-Tian-Shansky writes about the system of concepts of regionalization and regional studies, as the main essence of geographical science in general. This system is a fruit of the 35-year works of the scientist. It is worth noting that many of the provisions and conclusions reached by the author have not lost their significance to this day.

It is symbolic that it is the Russian Geographical Society to service to which many outstanding members of the Semenov-Tian-Shansky family - Pyotr Semenov-Tyan-Shansky and all his sons, including Veniamin, - gave their lives, - today reissues one of the most interesting works of his time, the book «The District and the Country», - Nikolay Kasimov emphasizes.

Veniamin Petrovich Semenov-Tyan-Shansky (March 27 (April 8), 1870 - February 10, 1942) was born in the family of a geographer, researcher, Vice-Chairman of the Russian Geographical Society Petr Petrovich Semenov-Tyan-Shansky. The scientist became the author and editor of numerous works on geography. He was a director of the Central Geographical Museum (since 1919), a professor at the Leningrad University (since 1925), a member of the Council of the Russian Geographical Society (1931-1942). His outstanding merits were marked by his election to the Honorary Members of the Geographical Society.