Archive for the ‘October Revolution’ Category

New in Books: Engineer of Revolutionary Russia

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Although the broad history of Russia’s Great War & Revolution has been told many times, one infrequently examined (but critical) aspect of that epic story concerns the plight of science and technology during Eurasia’s whirlwind of change. Anthony Heywood’s new study, Engineer of Revolutionary Russia: Iurii V. Lomonosov and the Railways sheds new light on this understudied chapter of Russia’s past through an examination of the life and work of one of the country’s most distinguished and controversial scientists and technicians.

An innovative railway engineer, key administrator, and occasional diplomat, Iurii Lomonosov fell from grace with the new Soviet state following his refusal to return to the USSR from an assignment in Germany (1923-1927). Thereafter, he traveled abroad in the United States and Europe where his professional activities included a research post at the California Institute of Technology, collaborative projects with the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Petr Kapitsa, and work for the British War Office during the Second World War.

In chronicling the fascinating story of Lomonosov’s travails, Engineer of Revolutionary Russia draws attention to a number of important themes in the history of Russian science and technology including the fate of the country’s scientific diaspora, the human dimensions of East-West technology transfer, and the ever-present tension between science, technology, and politics.

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Aleksandr Blok’s “Twelve”

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Black night.
White snow.
The wind, the wind!
Impossible to stay on your feet.
The wind, the wind!
Blowing across God’s world!

Among the most famous opening lines in modern Russian literature, the first stanza of Aleksandr Blok’s symbolist masterpiece Twelve proclaimed the coming maelstrom of revolutionary upheaval and civil war that would alter the course of Russian and world history. In the immediate aftermath of its initial publication in 1918 – and continuing throughout the decades that followed — Twelve came to be widely (and rightly) regarded as the quintessential literary expression of Russia’s tumultuous revolution. is pleased to offer visitors a new, English-language version of Blok’s famous poem of revolution. Introduced, translated, and annotated by Dr. Maria Carlson, the poem appears in two formats: 1) a digitized, augmented reproduction of the original 1918 edition (illustrated by Iurii Annenkov) in parallel with its corresponding English text and 2) a .pdf file containing the poem in Russian and English accompanied by extensive annotations. Intended to provide readers with critical historical and contextual information, this downloadable version of Twelve is ideally suited for course adoption.

Dr. Maria Carlson is Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Courtesy Professor of History at the University of Kansas. A leading specialist on the history and culture of Russia’s Silver Age, she is author of No Religion Higher than Truth: A History of the Theosophical Movement in Russia, 1875-1922.