N. I. Konrad: Soviet revision of western-centrism in the realms of World literature and World history


RACYN Michal

Year of publication 2022
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description The present study aims to explain the revision of the western-centric approach to the concepts of World literature and World history in the works of the Soviet historian and philologist N. I. Konrad (1891–1970). The research is based on the analysis of his articles published in a period from the late 1950s to the mid-1960s and his personal correspondence with several Western and Soviet intellectuals. The main Konrad concepts analyzed in this paper were collected in the single monography titled ????? ? ?????? published in 1966. During the late 1960s, this publication provoked heated discussion across Soviet academia and eventually involved many eminent Soviet and Western thinkers, including British historian A. J. Toynbee (1889–1975). I argue that current reflection on Konrad’s complex historiosofic ideas could be used to better understand his contradictory relationship with the Soviet regime and his role in the broader transformation of Soviet academia in the late 1950s and 1960s.
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