This is a blog for use in both of my HIS 241 and HIS 242 Russian history survey courses at Northern Virginia Community College.

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05 August 2011

War and Peace redux

Having just finished up the 1500 pages of Pramoedya Ananta Toer's Buru Quartet, I decided tha I should continue to read "big books" and that it was time for me to get back to my roots and re-read Tolstoi's War and Peace. This will be at least my third go-round at it, and I am looking forward to the new translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. I still think that this book perfectly captures an era of Russian history--that is not exactly a rocket science deduction--but I am most interested in taking another look at Tolstoi's views on history.