Eelco Runia: Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace and the Theory of History

Jan 8th, 2015 | By | Category: History, Lectures, Slavic Studies

Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel War and Peace provides not only a comprehensive account of the events that took part during the Napoleonic wars, it is also a place where Tolstoy intensely reflects on the way historicists deal with history. Eelco Runia traces the paths of both the novel’s structure and Tolstoy’s argumentation in order to examine the sublime relationship between the history being made and the histories being remembered.

Dr. Eelco Runia is Senior Lecturer at the University of Groningen. He is a renowned specialist in the field of theoretical history.

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