Religious Thinkers of the Russian Emigration in Paris and Their Journal, 1925-1940
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Notre Dame Press
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Title Page, Copyright
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The intellectual creativity of the Russian emigration in Paris is a fairly well-known phenomenon, chronicled very ably by Marc Raeff, with its immediate historical background narrated more recently, with great vividness, by Lesley Chamberlain. But there has been a lack of more detailed studies of the sheer variety of convictions and visions to be found among the émigrés, ...
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First of all, Antoine Arjakovsky is to be thanked for the enormous contribution that this study makes. It illumines a significant part of the history of the Russian emigration and its literature. More specifically, it holds up for us a diverse, often contentious group of scholars, teachers, and writers who struggled, almost a century ago, ...
Note on Transliteration and Other Conventions
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This study has a threefold aim: to facilitate access to the prestigious journal Put’, or The Way,1 which is still little known; to explain the resurgence of interest in it in Russia and France in the last decade; and, finally, to test my methodology, which attempts to elaborate a synthesis between the historical truth and the accuracy of memory. ...
Part 1: A Modernist Journal (1925–1929)
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The formation of the consciousness of a generation is the fruit of complex processes and can be understood as a mythological phenomenon.1 Raoul Girardet has shown that in periods of historical upheaval, a society’s collective consciousness loses its traditional points of reference. That gives rise to a mythical effervescence within minority groups, which are the most threatened.2 ...
Part 2: A Nonconformist Journal (1930–1935)
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In the 1930s, Europe experienced “pivotal years” between war and peace, as expressed in the title of Henri Daniel-Rops’s book Les années tournantes, published in 1932. The consequences of America’s Great Depression, which little by little spread throughout Europe, would provoke the great civilization crisis of the thirties, which had been pending since the end of the First World War. ...
Part 3: A Spiritual Journal (1935–1940)
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Before World War I, Russian intellectuals, assembled in societies of religious philosophy, were inspired by a paradigm of “symbolic realism.” After the revolution of 1917, the émigrés regrouped within the modernist quadrilateral that was the “School of Paris” (the Academy of Religious Philosophy, The Way, the St. Sergius Institute, and the Russian Student Christian Movement). ...
Conclusion: The Two “Bodies” of the Review
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The Way was not merely a publication, a body of work that for more than fifteen years brought together the most eminent representatives of Russian religious thought. As we have been able to see throughout this account, it was also a “spiritual body,” a community of Russian intellectuals who were in the process of discovering their roles as spiritual figures. ...
Afterword to the English Translation
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During the summer of 1998, I finished writing this book as a doctoral thesis on The Way—a journal that many specialists consider the most brilliant of those produced by the Russian intelligentsia in the course of the twentieth century. Back then, my plan was to offer a synthesis between the different memories of the generation of intellectuals ...
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References: Articles Published in The Way
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About the Author, Back Cover
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Page Count: 704
Illustrations: 9 halftones
Publication Year: 2013