Enemies from the East?
V. S. Soloviev on Paganism, Asian Civilizations, and Islam
Publication Year: 2007
Published by: Northwestern University Press
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I accomplished much of the work on this project while in residence as a research fellow at the Yale University Divinity School and as an associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. The resources of both institutions proved invaluable in many ways, and it is difficult to imagine completing the volume without these affiliations or the ...
Editor's Introduction: When East Meets West
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Writing in the journal Foreign Affairs in the last decade of the twentieth century, the American scholar Samuel Huntington cautioned against overly optimistic assessments of globalizationâs progress, asserting in his now famous article âThe Clash of Civilizationsâ that the political and cultural distinctions appearing most prominently at a number of âfault linesâ between historical Western, Middle Eastern, African, and Sinic civilizations ...
The Mythological Process in Ancient Paganism
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A MOST IMPORTANT TASK of historical study consists in the explanation of humanityâs primitive pagan life, which constitutes the material basis of all later development, and since this life was wholly determined by one principleâreligious beliefâthen its understanding, the understanding of paganism, is fully conditional on an understanding of pagan religion. In fact, the multiplicity of principles that define life as we see it in our time is a comparatively recent phenomenon. ...
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THREE FUNDAMENTAL FORCES have governed human development from the beginning of history. The first strives to subject humanity in all spheres and at all points of its life to a single supreme principle; in its exclusive unity it strives to lump together and merge all the diversity of individual forms, to suppress the independence of the individual, the freedom of individual life. The final realization of this force isâa single master and a dead mass of slaves. If it obtained exclusive predominance, ...
China and Europe
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AT THE TIME THAT the hundredth anniversary of the âGreat Revolutionâ was being celebrated so magnificently and with so much ado in Paris, a little-noticed event took place at the other end of the Old World, but one that in its consequences was no less important than the convocation of the Estates-General by Louis XVI. The Chinese government resolutely decided to acquire for its country the material instruments of European civilization. ...
Japan: A Historical Sketch
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APART FROM THE INTEREST that Japan can present in and of itself, there are also important indications in its peopleâs fortunes for an overall look at universal history. If the opinion of Heinrich Ruckert (who has become so popular among us today) regarding a completely independent native development of particular cultures can be cited in favor of China, the historical formation of which apparently corresponds to such an opinion, then an attempt to elevate this single instance to a universal ...
Primitive Paganism: Its Living and Dead Remnants
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IN CONTEMPORARY SCHOLARSHIP, the general question about the origin and the primary character of pagan religions is reduced to a dispute between two mythological theories: animism and naturism.* In accordance with the first of them (its major representatives being Herbert Spencer and Tylor), religion came out of dreams.1 Awakening from sleep, the primitive remembers that he saw himself in action in a different place, that ...
Muhammad: His Life and Religious Teaching
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The year 570 a.d. was equally ominous for the two rulers who, in irreconcilable enmity amongst themselves, had partitioned the historical world of that time. The âautocrat of the Greek-Romans,â Justin II in Byzantium, and the [Persian] âking of kings,â Khosrow [I] Anushirvan in Ctesiphon, both received a harsh rebuke but in different forms. ...
Appendix: List of Relevant Writings by Soloviev
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Index of Biblical References
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Page Count: 232
Publication Year: 2007
Series Title: Studies in Russian Literature and Theory
Series Editor Byline: Saul Morson