Posts Tagged ‘Sergei M. Soloviev’

  1. From riches to rust


    October 26, 2016 by AK

    The Belgium that Sergei Soloviev admired in the 1840s was mostly Francophone or aspiring to fluency in French. At that time, Wallonia was the dynamic, industrialized, fast-growing part of the country while Flanders was less advanced and more agricultural. More than 170 years later, Wallonia’s recalcitrance towards a free trade treaty is raising eyebrows: see …
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  2. Frugally, in Saxon fashion


    October 10, 2016 by AK

    Another extract from Sergei M. Soloviev’s Notes for My Children and for Others, If Possible concerning the historian’s sojourn in Europe in 1842-44. (Earlier selections: on Belgium, on alternating bald and hairy rulers; on Count Uvarov, the author of the A-O-N triad.) While abroad, I noticed a sharp difference between Russian and German preferences in food: the …
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  3. Brussels in 1842


    October 3, 2016 by AK

    Sergei M. Soloviev (or Solovyov; 1820-1879), the prominent Russian historian, graduated from the Moscow University in 1842 and spent the next two years traveling in Europe. The journey was made possible by his employment as the tutor to the children of a rich, upper-class family who were living abroad at that time. Thankfully, Soloviev did …
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  4. According to Khomyakov, Putin’s successor should be OK


    September 19, 2014 by AK

    More from S.M. Soloviev’s Notes, this time from the text not included in the truncated online version. The “war” refers to the advanced stage of the Crimean War, probably 1854-55. At that very time when it began to thunder above Nebuchadnezzar’s [Nicholas I’s] head, when Russia began to suffer an unfamiliar disgrace of military failures, when …
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  5. The price of classics


    September 17, 2014 by AK

    Count Sergey S. Uvarov, the inventor of the official triad, “Orthodoxy, Autocracy, Nationality”, was a renowned classicist and the founder of the classics-based gymnasium system in Russia. For more than twenty years Uvarov corresponded with Goethe, who predictably influenced the younger man’s thinking. But here’s what the prominent historian Sergey M. Soloviev says in his Notes for …
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  6. False roots


    March 10, 2014 by AK

    Maria Snegovaya, a Columbia University doctoral candidate in political science, writes on The WaPo‘s Monkey Cage blog: Putin’s favorites include a bunch of Russian nationalist philosophers of early 20th century – Berdyaev, Solovyev, Ilyin — whom he often quotes in his public speeches. Moreover, recently the Kremlin has specifically assigned Russia’s regional governors to read …
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