This article is devoted to the analysis of the scientific activity of the famous Russian historian, Doctor of Historical Sciences, corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur and the chevalier des Palmes académiques, Pyotr Petrovich Tcherkassov, who turned 75 on December 2, 2021. The author analyzes the main milestones of the biography and scientific and creative path of P. P. Tcherkassov, who has been engaged in the history of diplomatic relations between Russia and France for more than thirty years during the XVIII – XXI centuries. The article concludes that P. P. Tcherkassov, who founded and headed the Center for French Historical Studies at the Institute of World History of the Russian Academy of Sciences, is rightfully the creator of this scientific field. In addition, the article notes that besides to personal study of the history of bilateral contacts, P. P. Tcherkasov developed a platform for the exchange of experiences and academic dialogue. Such a platform was the collection «Russia and France: XVIII–XX centuries» created in 1995 by P. P. Tcherkassov. He was a fellow of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme, a visiting researcher at École de Hautes Études en sciences sociales in Paris, a member of Association des Amis de la FMSH, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Franco-Russian Center for Humanities and Social Sciences in Moscow at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Center for Scientific Research of France. Tcherkassov is a member of the Editorial Board of the international journal «Annual of French Studies», a member of the editorial board of the journal «Modern and Contemporary History», a scientific consultant and author of articles on universal history in the Great Russian Encyclopedia.
The article was prepared as part of the research work of the state task of RANEPA.