Turgenev Talk

Podcasts from Middlebury College students on the life, works, and criticism of I.S. Turgenev

Russia In The 19th Century

Podcasts on the History of Nineteenth Century Russia

Turgenev, writing in the middle of the 1800s, as a Russian writer, could do little to separate himself from the social, political, and philosophic changes taking place. Listen to these podcasts to learn more about just what this period of Russian history was really like.

Feb. 23, 2009 – Part I: Nihilism – Ashley  – listen on iTunes | download .m4a

A brief overview of the history of the nihilist movement, its leaders, and the way in which it influenced Turgenev’s literary works.

Feb. 25, 2009 – Part II: The Eastern Question And The Progression Of Pan-Slavism – Ashley  – listen on iTunes | download .m4a

What is the Eastern Question? Where does it come from? How did it affect political life in 19th century Russia? A brief overview answering these questions and many more. Plus, a look at Pan-Slavism and the way in which it influenced Russian society and characters in Turgenev’s literature.

Feb. 27, 2009 – Part III: The Reforms Of Alexander II And Reactions – Ashley  – listen on iTunes | download .m4a

An overview of the most important of Alexander’s reforms, the context in which they were implemented, and the way in which peasants and landowners alike reacted to these radical changes.

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