Date of Birth: 07/01/1955
Place of birth: Moscow
Sergey Volkov was born on January 7, 1955 in Moscow publishing workers family (his father was a painter, his mother - editor).
History became his sole passion is still in the preschool years, and had mastered not only the college textbooks for 13-15 years, and dozens of monographs, multi-volume "History". Despite this, in the university at the time it was not adopted with a degree unusually late for the late Soviet scientist. And although later worked very intensively (first published works were written in the 3 rd year), lost never were not compensated in the working age of three years. After graduating from Moscow University (Institute of Asian and African countries) in December 1980 he entered graduate school at the Institute of Oriental Studies, where in March 1982, after defending his doctoral dissertation early transferred to the Institute as a junior researcher. In 1989 (at that time a senior fellow) doctorate (becoming, apparently, the youngest PhD in history for all the years of Soviet power) and at the same time managed to get the Lenin Komsomol Prize for a series of monographs, containing neither single mention of the "classics of Marxism".
In 1990, at the earliest opportunity of independent existence, left the institute and worked in public organizations (mainly created with his participation) was the chairman of the Center for promotion of classical cultural heritage in the Soviet Cultural Foundation, director Literary and Philosophical Society. Fyodor Dostoyevsky, editor of the magazine "Russia`s review." In 1993-1994. a professor and Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, the All-Russian Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. Then did not work for about two years (in scientific terms, this was the most fruitful time), living on the interest from the money invested in one of the "pyramidal" banks (approximately equal to the then salary SRI), but in 1996, losing his crash all means, was forced to re-enter the service: was a leading researcher of Moscow State University, the chief researcher of the Institute of Russian history of the Russian State Humanitarian University, since 2002 has been professor of St. Tikhon`s Orthodox theological Institute, then - head. Sector Research Department of Book Science of the RSL, also taught at the Institute of Practical Oriental Studies, the Military University and Sretensky Seminary.
The main area of ??research Sergei Volkov was a comparative study of servicemen and elite segments of society of various types (mainly methods of statistical processing of large arrays of personal data), but to the `90s could only publish oriental works (more than 120 works, including books "the bureaucracy and the aristocracy in the early history of Korea" (Moscow, 1987;. 288), "Service class layers in the traditional Far East" (Moscow, 1999, 312 pp.) work on domestic materials, wrote in the same years. came much later: "Russian officer corps" (Wiley, 1993; 368 pp.), "The tragedy of Russian officers" (Moscow, 1999; 383 pp.), "The intelligent layer in Soviet society" (Moscow, 1999; 250 a.), "the Soviet establishment" (Russian history magazine, that is. IV of, 2001, pp. 237-358).
Currently Sergey Volkov is working on a book about the death of the cultural layer of the old Russia, the laws governing the operation and budget of the elite in world history, the structure of the ruling layer in the chiefdoms of the Far East.
Particular attention Sergey Volkov gave the Russian service class, more than 30 years engaged in compiling a full register of persons (with basic information about the life and service), served in the officers and class rank in imperial Russia (by now, this database includes more than 600 thousand. People ).. A related, but separate challenge was to establish the fate S.Volkova possible, every member of the serving Russian layer after 1917
Since the beginning of the 90`s, having, thanks to relations with the Russian emigration, almost complete collection of its military periodicals and literature on the history of the Civil War, Sergey worked as a history of the White movement, published a number of works, including "White Movement in Russia: organizational structure" (Moscow, 2000; 368 pp.), "White movement Encyclopedia of the Civil War." (St. Petersburg, 2003, 672 p..).
One result of this work was the preparation of (mostly on archival data) database on participants in the White movement and emigration (to date, about 250 thousand people..) And publication on its basis a number of books: "The first volunteers in the South of Russia" (M ., 2001, 368), "The officers of the Russian Guard" (Moscow, 2002, 568), "Ofitseryarmeyskoy cavalry" (Moscow, 2004;.. 624), "The officers of the Navy and the Navy department" (M.. , 2004; 560)..
"The greatest achievement of this year can probably be considered the completion of the publication of the series" White movement "in the publishing house" Tsentrpoligraf "where I managed for five years to publish 26 volumes (preparation, scientific editors, preface and comments) memories of the participants of the White movement, chosen thematically principle - the total amount of more than 1100 lp " - Sergei Volkov says.
Since the late 80s worked as a political analyst, journalism and literary criticism, published in these genres of several hundred materials, including book "On the great coal fire" (1990). In the 1990s, mostly published in the emigre periodicals. In Russia it is published at the time (in most cases under the pseudonyms) appeared in various anthologies, journals "Moscow", "The New World", "Word", "Problems of Literature", "Moscow Gazette", "Reference", "News of Culture Russia "almanac" Noble Assembly "and in the newspaper" Russian News "," Today "," Rossiyskaya Gazeta ", and (usually in the form of reprints) some small-circulation newspapers. In recent years, he published in the journal "Grazhdanin" and the newspaper "Rossiya". Since 1993 he is the chief editor of the Russian Nobility Assembly of "Nobility Gazette".
Married (wife Elena A., born in 1956, an employee of the Library fund "Russian Abroad"), has a son Michael (born 1984) and daughter Catherine (born in 1994). Collecting badges (cities and entities).