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The Tolstoy Commons: A Companion Website to the Tolstoy Studies Journal

The Tolstoy Commons is an online community designed to foster conversations about the Russian author Lev Tolstoy and to serve as a clearinghouse for scholarly activity related to his life and works. We welcome announcements of new books, articles, reviews, and conferences, as well as discussions of new pedagogical approaches to teaching Tolstoy.  Suggestions for announcements may be sent to Ani Kokobobo at akokobobo@ku.edu.

 

The Tolstoy Commons is also working on two new initiatives:

 

The Russia File

The Russia File, a blog of the Kennan Institute (Wilson Center). The blog offers insights on current events in Russia, U.S.-Russian relations, and other critical issues of the day. The blog is edited by Maxim Trudolyubov.

 

Sean's Russia Blog

Sean’s Russia Blog is a rich forum for discussion on cultural issues ranging from a conversation with Yuri Slezkine (The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution) and Maria Belodubrovskaya (Not According to Plan: Filmmaking under Stalin) to deaf culture (Claire Shaw) and internal colonization (Steve Sabol).

Russia Matters

Russia Matters is a Harvard-based project made possible by the Carnegie Corporation. Dedicated to U.S. policy toward Russia, U.S.-Russian relations and Russian policies that impact vital U.S. the website is a go-to resource for academics, journalists and government officials from around the world.

 

Harriman Magazine Fall 2015

The fifth issue of Harriman Magazine features a profile of our 2015 Paul Klebnikov Russian Civil Society Fellow, photojournalist Maria Turchenkova, who has been covering the Ukraine Crisis since its inception; we are thrilled to include an interview with former Ambassador to Russia Michael Mcfaul, who discusses his career, U.S.-Russia relations, his experiences in Russia, and his predictions for the future; an article about Teatr.doc, one of Moscow's last independent theater companies; a piece by the late Catharine Nepomnyashchy on Nabokov and the Detective novel, and more!

The House of Government

 

On the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, the epic story of an enormous apartment building where Communist true believers lived before their destruction.

 

GeoHistory: Russian Identity

This month marked the centenary of the October Revolution. Much was written in the Western press about how Russia’s new identity and politics could be seen in how it chose to observe one of the 20th century’s most influential events. This month’s TV News in Russia from GeoHistory.Today looks at how Russian media covered not only the centenary, but also other major factors now forming Russia’s new identity: history, patriotism, Russia’s perceived place in the world, and how it defines the “other” (i.e., America).

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