Submitted by Working Class … on December 21, 2020

Hi all, would really appreciate your help with this.
But we are trying to work out the exact birthday of Peter Kropotkin.
We believed it to be 21 December 1842 in the new style calendar, which translated to 9 December 1842 in the old style calendar used at the time. This was according to sources like Encyclopaedia Britannica – for whom Kropotkin wrote himself – in the entry written by Martin A. Miller and Paul Avrich: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Peter-Alekseyevich-Kropotkin/additional-info#history
While other places like the Boris Yeltsin library, say that his birthday was 9 December new style/27 November old style: https://www.prlib.ru/en/history/619795
If anyone knows definitively one way or the other, or has any sources in Russian from before the dating system changed, please let us know!

Karetelnik

1 year 5 months ago

In reply to by libcom.org

There is no question that Peter Kropotkin was born on December 9, 1842 new style. In fact there were celebrations on this date throughout Western Europe and America during his lifetime. December 21, 1842 new style was the date of his christening,

Working Class …

1 year 5 months ago

In reply to by libcom.org

Karetelnik

There is no question that Peter Kropotkin was born on December 9, 1842 new style. In fact there were celebrations on this date throughout Western Europe and America during his lifetime. December 21, 1842 new style was the date of his christening,

Thanks, that's what it is looking like to us now. And perhaps the christening date is where the confusion came from in other sources.
Do you know of any decent – probably Russian language – sources we can use to definitively confirm that?
As we would like to update our own archive, but also get Encyclopaedia Britannica and Wikipedia to correct their entries, which they won't do without good sources.
(We did find French articles while Kropotkin was alive about birthdays on 9 December, but weren't sure if he might have still celebrated on that date even though it was potentially the old style date.)

Working Class …

1 year 5 months ago

In reply to by libcom.org

Great, thanks