Kritika

Articles from Vol. 9, No. 2, Spring

Amor Hereos, or How One Brother Was Visited by an Invisible Being: Lived Spirituality among Russian Freemasons in the 1810s
There was nothing else for it; I got down to those books which had now been found; so imagine me, a 19th-century man, poring over huge folios and assiduously reading their content: on prime matter, on elemental electricity, on the soul of the sun,...
An Interview with Michael Confino
Our eagerness to interview Michael Confino in this ongoing series stemmed from his eminence as one of the greatest historians of Russian history and his cosmopolitan background and experiences. We also suspected, correctly as it turns out, that his...
From Spectator to "Differentiated" Consumer: Film Audience Research in the Era of Developed Socialism (1965-80)
In 1980, the Gor'kii film studio in Moscow released Piraty XX veka (Pirates of the 20th Century), which became the highest-grossing domestic film in Soviet history with over 85 million tickets sold in that year alone. (1) The film's plot, simultaneously...
"The Greatest Russian Tragedy of the 20th Century": An Interview with Viktor Danilov (1925-2004)
Viktor Petrovich Danilov, who died suddenly and tragically in 2004, was a prolific and innovative historian who devoted his entire career to the study of the Soviet peasantry. (1) In June 2001, I interviewed him in connection with a radio documentary...

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