Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, August 1914, Chapter 65 (Stolypin)

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This is a treatment–a cursory treatment necessarily–of the statesmanship of Pyotr Stolypin, whom Solzhenitsyn seems to consider Russia’s last great hope. Stolypin was ultimately killed, it seems, by reactionary forces in Russia.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, August 1914, Chapters 58-64

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This video not only discusses the additions Solzhenitsyn made to the second edition, but it also sets the stage for a discussion of Solzhenitsyn’s important discussions of Stolypin and Tsar Nikolai. The section begins with a flash to Sasha Lenartovich’s relatives back in Russia and the lukewarm politics of his sister, Veronika. It leads to […]

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, August 1914, Chapters 23-28

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This video covers the battle in a micro-level, with the hopes of showing that the narrative thread of the battle illuminates Solz’s larger theme about the collapse of the Russian feudal regime. It is rich with maps to show that Solz is a genuine artist in how he depicts the collapse of the Russian military […]

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, August 1914, Chapters 1-9

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This video provides an account of the first part of Solzhenitsyn’s August 1914, where he discusses the problems with Russian education caused by Tolstoy’s philosophy and Western-style progressivism.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Introduction to August 1914

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This is a brief introduction to the work of Solzhenitsyn’s August 1914, a work on the Russian diaster at Tannenberg at the outset of World War I. This is one in a series of videos on this novel of philosophic history. This video situations the novel within Solz’s larger corpus and discusses the multiple editions […]