WE have arrived at the fifth in Hillsdale College’s October 2022 lecture series on Russia.
The first, Russia from 1696-1917: An Overview, a veritable ‘history’ tour de force through Russia’s shifting borders, wars and alliances by the American historian Sean McMeekin, can be found here with my fuller introduction to the series. The second, by Steve Kotkin, another American historian, academic and Stalin expert, entitled Russia from 1917-1991: An Overview, is here; the third on Tolstoy and Dostoevsky: Lessons from the Russian Classics, by the American literary critic and Slavist Gary Saul Morson, can be viewed here. Yesterday’s, delivered by Dr Hyperion Knight on Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff: Creating a Russian Identity in Music is not to be missed if you want to gain a greater understanding of the origins of Russian ‘romantic’ composition ‘illustrated’ by his remarkable playing of key pieces. It is here.
We are grateful to Hillsdale College for making this series freely available to the wider public. You can access the entire series on their website here.
Today we see Michael Millerman (an unvaccinated Canadian who was not allowed into the US) giving his talk on Russian under Putin by Zoom. This exceptionally bright and thoughtful young man is the author of Inside ‘Putin’s Brain’: The Political Philosophy of Alexander Dugin. Millerman focuses on the intellectual political philosopher Dugin, whom few in the West have heard of, and those who have call Putin’s Rasputin. Millerman explains how Dugin has influenced Putin’s ‘non-Western’ strategic vision, or if you prefer, plans. We will be publishing some edited extracts from the transcript next week.
You can watch the lecture here:
Or you can link here to watch it.