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Russian émigré historiography as it appears in the works of Fedotov, Florovskii, Berdiaev and Zenkovskii presents us with a variety of modes and narratives for configuring and representing the past-tragic, eschatological, hagiographical and dialectical. In his Metahistory, Hayden White suggests that the grounds for preferring one historiographical mode over another are "ultimately aesthetic or moral rather than epistemological". The preference of all four Russian authors for a given mode is arguably "moral" in that their conceptions of the past, often indebted to their philosophical and theological ideas, are normative, axiological, and at times didactic. The social life-world out of which Fedotov and Florovskii's works emerged was the active émigré milieu of the 1920s and 30s, in which there was a deep and commonly held conviction that the Bolshevik regime would fall and that Russia Abroad would be instrumental in the rebirth of Russia.

Keywords: Berdiaev; Fedotov; Florovskii; Russian émigré; Zenkovskii



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