A Russian Mason on the Paths of his Native Culture: The Case Study of Nicolas Novikov


Małgorzata Abassy
Uniwersytet Jagielloński


russian culture, russian intelligentsia, russian mason


Małgorzata Abassy’s book is a useful and clever analysis in which an intellectual story of a Russian thinker becomes a material for a case study that strengthens a broader reflection about the transformation of seemingly unchangeable patterns of Russian culture.

A fragment of a review written by dr hab. Joachim Diec, prof. UJ


Malgorzata Abassy displays profound knowledge of her research subject; she refers to numerous primary sources and she analyses extensively the tangle of  the old and new patterns of culture in Nicolas Novikov’s writings. The Author is consistent in her description of the differences in the understanding of a citizen’s freedom between the court and the intelligentsia; the contrast between the two world views: the imperial one and that of the Enlightenment.

A fragment of a review written by prof. dr hab. Jerzy Kapuścik



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June 9, 2014

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