Date of Birth: 07/20/1946
Place of birth: Odessa
Born July 20, 1946 in Odessa. Father - Anton Zolotarev Afanasievich (1904 born.). Mother - Savinova Larisa (1926 born.). Wife - Zolotarev Irina Konstantinova (1950 born.). The son - Vladislav (1968 born.). The daughter - Natalia Vladimirovna (1968 born.).
Military service - a tradition Zolotarev family. Praprapradeda VA Zolotarev - IV Buyalsky, the precursor of the great NI Pirogov, was one of the founders of the Russian school of military medicine. General medical services, as we would say today, marked by all the laurels of the first physician of the Russian Empire, he was a regular consultant to the St. Petersburg Mariinsky Hospital for the poor, the Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum and the cadet corps. The founder of the doctrine of individual variability, the creator of the anatomical and surgical tables, he was one of the first in Russia to apply anesthesia, blood transfusion, antiseptics.
Father Vladimir Antonovich - officer, passed all the Great Patriotic War. His battle your way - from the battalion commander to the commander of the 382 th Infantry Division - has received numerous awards and medals, six wounds. In honor of the feat Battalion of Border Guard cadets commanded by AA Zolotarev near Gatchina, near St. Petersburg, a monument.
Military chose a path of Vladimir Zolotarev. In August 1957, he was accepted into the famed for its traditions Leningrad twice Red Banner Suvorov Military School, a former Russian Pazhesky Cadet Corps. Within its walls formed by Vladimir Zolotarev interest in Russian military history. His first scientific work he has already done in 1962, amounting to a table of military service members of the Romanov dynasty.
After the Suvorov Military School was followed by studies at the Higher Military Command School in Petrodvorets near Leningrad, which VA Zolotarev graduated in 1967. Here, his penchant for lessons in Russian military history noted and supported the talented military historians and educators Doctor of Military Sciences OF Souvenirs and YM Rokhlin. In the scientific society of students have acquired the skills of Military History of sources.
In 1967, VA Zolotarev began his military service in the Staff of the Leningrad Military District. At the same time he became a student of a special course on Russian history, which in the early 1970s, read the history department at Leningrad University professor VV Mavrodin. Recognized as the head of the national school of the study of military and civil history of pre-revolutionary Russia, Vladimir Mavrodin failed to appreciate the hard work and exceptional performance of the young officer, giving him a challenging task of sources.
Since 1972, VA Zolotarev problem develops "Russian-Turkish War of 1877-1878 in the Russian military historiography." In May 1977 PhD thesis was successfully defended in the military history of the Institute. It appeared in print and was highly appreciated by the specialists of his first monograph devoted to the historiographical analysis of the war of 1877-1878. Stingy with praise VV Mavrodin noted in one of its written comments, that the VA Zolotarev was then, perhaps, the largest specialist in the Russian-Turkish war of 1877-1878. By the time behind the young researcher was a strong rear military theory and practice - a finished brilliantly in 1974 adjuncture correspondence of the Military Academy of Logistics and Transport.
The choice of the main theme, which the author keeps faithful to this day, as well as developed their research methods were not accidental. The basis of their lay his interest as a scientist and officer to the Russian output problem in the Mediterranean and, of course, the historical aspects of Russian naval communications in the context of the history of international relations in modern times. Russian-Ottoman relations and the war of 1877-1878 gave fertile ground for such a study. Subject found its author, VA Zolotarev - good teachers. Help and support for young military historians had his scientific adviser doctor of historical sciences, professor, Colonel II Rostunov and head of the Institute of Military History, Corresponding Member of the USSR Academy of Sciences, Professor, Lieutenant-General PA Zhilin. For many years, creative and service conditions tied VA Zolotarev with the Institute of Military History.
Military History - a science that requires a multi-factor analysis and non-linear thinking. The best "school" for mastering such modern methods than staff work in conjunction with academic science, wish it was impossible. So it was in the period of service in the Leningrad Military District, and later, from 1976 to 1988, the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces and the Headquarters of the United Armed Forces of the Warsaw Treaty. The need for daily analysis of military issues, a quick solution to problems of military management and military-technical nature worked out a unique "Zolotarevskii" in handwriting analysis, document files as the last epoch and modernity. Catching up on the military history of mostly modern times, he personally prepared and co-authored several books on the history of the first and second world wars, a series of brilliant essays on the theoretical principles of modern military history of science.
In March 1985, the Leningrad branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR VA Zolotarev successfully defended his doctoral thesis on the problems of Eastern crisis of the last third of the XIX century. A year earlier, it has been tested and has been recommended for protection by two departments of the University of Leningrad - "Middle East" at the Institute of Oriental Studies and the "History of Russia" in the History Department, which in itself meant recognition from experts and historians expert level author in the field of Oriental, and in the country`s history.
In August 1988, VA Zolotarev was appointed Head of the Russian military history of the Institute of Military History of the Ministry of Defence. Within three years of work at the institute, before being transferred to the position of Assistant Chief of the General Staff of the USSR Armed Forces (1991-1992), he was able to reconstruct the management, bring him to the vital tasks of national historical science. The leading management institute acquired the character of a national research center of the sound.
In 1992-1993 VA Zolotarev was an adviser to the First Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation. In February 1993, he was appointed Head of the Institute of Military History of the Ministry of Defence.
Over the years, under his supervision in a large team of scientists formed the first post-1917 Russian school for the study of the art of war of modern times in Russia and abroad. At the same time great importance is attached to the intellectual rebirth of society. Military history is regarded as one of the most important elements of the revival of the mass reader, educational and educational interest to the heroic past of Russia. Based on these principles with the participation of VA Zolotarev general concept was formulated and began to be implemented sequentially in the form of scientific publications illustrated multivolume "History of the Russian armed forces of IX-XX centuries". In these publications, a fundamentally innovative tasks in scope and level of performance, VA Zolotarev serves as editor in chief and the author of many of the key chapters and articles. Work on the preparation of the trilogy was successfully carried out, "Military Power of the Russian fleet".
VA Zolotarev first modern military historians raised the issue of the characteristic features of the Russian national army. In the early 1990s he began to develop theoretical principles of Russia`s military doctrine. He wrote a series of works on military strategy and tactics, and a large monograph "second front against the Third Reich" (1993).
After August 1991, VA Zolotarev first came up with the new concept of military-historical science (Military-Historical Journal, 1991,