The new edition of the collection of textbooks on geography includes 164 units. The material is divided into three general sections: textbooks issued before 1917, textbooks issued after 1917, and the methods of teaching geography. Inside the sections textbooks are grouped by different levels of education (for primary, secondary, higher school) and territorial coverage (general geography, geography of Russia, homeland studies); inside the sub-sections textbooks are arranged alphabetically. The materials enable us to trace the process of formation and development of geography as a school subject in the system of Russian education, from the publication of the first Russian author’s textbook in 1776 to particular works issued after the October Revolution of the last century.
Currently, one of the most controversial moments in the teaching of history is the selection of textbooks on Russian history. This collection reflects the diversity of concepts and methodological approaches in the field of creation of textbooks on this subject throughout the 19th - early 21st century. It allows us to trace their evolution and to better understand minds of people brought up on certain ideals. Materials of the collection can be used for independent work of students and as an additional reading.