Стаття надійшла до редакції 12.02.2013.
V. I. Shabelnikov
The article deals with the main problems of scientific study of the Donetsk-Krivorizhska Republic history which was founded at the beginning of 1918. The development of the historiography of this problem is analysed through objective point of view of its understanding in the Soviet and modern literature in close connection with general historiographic process of revival of the Ukrainian stateship in 1917-1920.
Key words: Donetsk-Krivorizhska Republic, historiography, disintegration, separatism, historical science, research, nationally-state building, federalism, Ukrainian historians, territory of Donbas.