SS011 – Russia and the Revolution of 1917: the Apocalyptic Soul of Russia


Course Information

Professor: Stefano Caprio stefanomcaprio@hotmail.com

Schedule: Wed. V-VI, 1st sem., 2 cr., 3 ECTS


  • The Apocalyptic mission of Russian Christianity.
  • Revolutionary personalities of Russian history: Ivan the Terrible, Peter I, Stalin.
  • The ideals of Russian revolutions from the 19th century and their influence in the West.
  • Judgements about the revolutions: Ivanov, Berdyaev, Solzhenitsyn.
  • The mission of Russia today, between rebirth and new apocalypses.


To study and evaluate the apocalyptic theme through Russian revolutionary history.


E. Cinnella, 1917. La Russia verso l’abisso, Pisa-Cagliari 2012;


R. Pipes, La rivoluzione russa, Milano 1994;


Н. Бердяев, Истоки и смысль русского коммунизма, Москва 2006; Иванов-Гершензон, Переписка из двух углов, Петербург 1921;


A. Solzenicyn, Ama la rivoluzione!, Milano 2012.