Abstract. The article is devoted to the intellectual biography of Boris Georgievich Mogilnitsky – an outstanding Soviet and Russian historian who formed by his activities the discursive and human space of the Tomsk historiographic school. His researches were focused on the development trends of pre-revolutionary Russian and foreign Western historiography as well as methodology of history. Creating a generalized study of a historical thought history, the historian considered the “craft of the historian” evolution through the prism of the concept “historiographic revolution”, basic categories of historiography and invested a social dimension of the historical scholarship with the key value.
Keywords: methodology of history, theory of history, categories of historical knowledge, Tomsk historiographic school, modern Western historiography, alternativeness, social function of history.