The Leopard, Chapters 2 & 3

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This video concerns mostly the love affair between Tancredo and Angelica–the new/old man and the new woman–and its significance for The Leopard.

The Leopard, Chapter 1

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his video covers the action of Chapter 1 of the Leopard, outlining the state of the old regime in Italy as it is on the cusp of revolution.

Lecture 2: Jets Sets with Oblonsky and Levin

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(Audio file HERE) AK concerns marriage.  This lecture provides an overview about marriage in the book.  Russia’s marriage system is confused, with three interlocking visions of marriage at issue.  The old ways where the family is in charge of matchmaking (the French way) or where a matchmaker is in charge (the Russian way) are on the wane, while […]

Lecture 1: Tolstoy’s Regime Analysis.

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Book 1.1-3.  Tolstoy relays aspects of Aristotle’s political science, in that it shows Russia is undergoing a regime change from something like an aristocracy to a democracy.  Both Tolstoy and Dostoevsky see Russia becoming more modern as well, so they are analyzing whether modernity is consistent with human thriving.  The analysis of AK, the characters and families in […]

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, August 1914, Chapters 75

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This is the incredible denouement of August 1914, where Vorotynstev attends a meeting in which the hierarchy of the Russian military exempts themselves from responsibility for the debacle at Tannenberg and assigns sole responsibility on General Samsonov. IT makes a repeat performance of this debacle more and more likely.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, August 1914, Chapters Circa 74

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This video traverses Solzhenitsyn’s evaluation of Tsar Nicholas II, the tsar at the onset of WWI and the tsar who acquiesced in the cover up of Stolypin’s assassination. The tsar, while a good man, was not really fit to rule. This section could be seen as a treatment of Russia under Nicholas as well.