Tolstoy’s and Unamuno’s Approaches to History: An Introduction

By Anna Hamling.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Two giants of the literary world, Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1828-1910) from Russia and Miguel de Unamuno (1864-1936) from Spain shared similar ideas on the concept of history in spite of their physical distance and a period of thirty–six years between them.
Both writers were interested in Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel’s (1770- 1831) philosophy on history. Their ideas on German philosopher’s concept of history are well known and have been given a lot of attention by their critics. There are, however, some other sources about history relevant to their Tolstoy’s and Unamuno’s thinking that have not been explored so far. The intention of my presentation is to fulfil this gap.
In addition, this paper introduces Tolstoy’s and Unamuno’s approaches to history and intrahistory in a comparative way.

Keywords: History, Intrahistory, Religion

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp.59-64. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 582.447KB).

Dr. Anna Hamling

Senior Teaching Associate (Spanish), Department of Culture and Language Studies, University of New Brunswick Frederiction, Fredericton, NB, Canada

Dr. Anna Hamling has taught Spanish, Russian and Polish language, culture and literature in Europe, Latin America and Canada. Her PhD thesis ‘Introducción a un estudio comparativo entre Miguel de Unamuno y León Tolstói’ was published by Editorial Pliegos in Madrid in 2001. She has published numerous articles of comparative nature on Unamuno and Tolstoy in Spanish, Russian and Polish journals. Recently she has been contributing to Encyclopedia of Latin American Women Writers and Encyclopedia of Christian Writers.

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