Natalia Ignatovich, Secretary, Church History Department, SFI (Moscow)
Olga Sinitsyna, B.A. in Theology, SFI (Moscow)
This is the first publication of the letters from Nikolay Nikolayevich Neplyuyev, founder of two primary agricultural schools and the Holy Cross Labour Brotherhood in Vozdvizhensk, the Chernigov Governorate, to Alexandra Alexeyevna Shteven who opened more than 50 literacy schools in the Nizhny Novgorod Governorate. They both worked during the period of ‘public pedagogy’, as P. F. Kapterev put it, which began in Russia after the 1861 emancipation reform. N. N. Neplyuyev and A. A. Shteven were among the teachers who based their educational activities on Christian principles. The published letters date back to 1894–1896, a period when their educational work was in the process of formation. The publication is preceded by an introductory article on the specific features of A. A. Shteven’s and N. N. Neplyuyev’s teaching activities in the 1890s.
Keywords: Holy Cross Labour Brotherhood, Vozdvizhensk schools, N. N. Neplyuyev, Yablonsk school, A. A. Shteven, literacy schools, Christian pedagogy, S. A. Rachinsky, K. P. Pobedonostsev.