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Transformed by Emigration : Welcoming Russian Intellectuals, Scientists and Artists (1917–1945)

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Year of publication 2020
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Faculty of Arts

Description This supplementary issue is the result of a conference which discussed the way Russian scholars, artists, and thinkers were transformed by their emigration - an emigration caused by the dramatic events following the collapse of the Russian Empire, the October Revolution, and the Civil War. The diverse authors gathered in this volume - all belonging to different scholarly traditions - focused first on the narration of personal destinies: some émigrés ended up at the ends of the Earth, others stayed in Europe. Some immediately found a new place to call “home”, while others wandered for decades. Many had a decisive impact on the societies that took them in, while others – probably much more numerous – disappeared into anonymity. Taken together, they constituted a political and cultural phenomenon without precedent (but which, unfortunately, was a precursor to many similar catastrophes over the course of the twentieth century): the mass departure, within a short period of time, of much of a country’s elite. Their emigration radically transformed the world around them. They transformed the country they left – Russia, the many places they landed, as well as themselves, their own thinking, their scientific research, and their art.
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