The Great Patriotic War (WWII) was one of the deadliest conflicts in Soviet history. For Russians, casualties amounted to approximately 26 million, half of which were civilians. The war was such a traumatic point in history that it still remains in the minds of the Russians today. In the West, we learn about the Second … [Read more…]
“Art instills harmony and order into the soul, not confusion and disorder”- N.V. Gogol. Although Gogol made this statement, his work Dead Souls is disorderly and leaves the reader wondering ’What did I just read?’ It is because of this question that many scholars and critics have interpreted the work in a variety of ways. … [Read more…]
The art of translation has been practiced for centuries, playing a key role in communication between individuals and cultures. However, in an age where electronic resources can be used to quickly translate from one language to another, accurate and ethical translation becomes increasingly important. Ethical translations must be true to the purpose for which they … [Read more…]
Stretching from St. Petersburg roughly 50 kilometers to Lake Ladoga, the Доро́га жи́зни or “Highway of Life” connects a series of small towns that lie outside of Russia’s second largest city. The highway is more than a route for moving people and goods from the country to the city. It is a symbol of the … [Read more…]
For my senior capstone project, I conducted research on the Salish and Nivkh languages. Salish is a Native American language of the Pacific Northwest consisting of 23 dialects, and Nivkh is a Paleo-Siberian language, which consists of four dialects from the Sakhalin Island of Russia. Both are highly endangered languages with very few fluent speakers left. Past … [Read more…]
The Moscow show trials of 1936-38 in the Soviet Union were the culmination of failed domestic policies set in place by Stalin to force industrialization through the Five Year Plan, enacted in 1928. The largest shortcoming of the Five Year Plan was the forced collectivization of agriculture, supposedly to increase agricultural output, but which cost … [Read more…]
For three weeks we interacted with students, faculty, and everyday people in St. Petersburg, Russia—it was a life-changing experience.