Apocalypse/Utopia: The Russian Roots of Revolution (MLR3025)

15 credits

Contrary to Marx’s expectations, the first socialist revolution happened in Russia. This module explores the Russian roots of revolution, looking at apocalyptic and utopian trends in a culture caught between expectations of the end of the world and the creation of the Kingdom of God on earth. Analysis of texts from the 14th to the 19th century will show what may have set Russia on course for revolution, and how far these influences are uniquely Russian

You do not need any knowledge of Russian to take this module; texts will be provided in both Russian and in English translation.