Essay Topic 1
Evaluate the importance of Hegel's philosophy on the socialist thought that led to the Russian Revolution. What part of Hegel's writing did Russian thinkers find compelling, and which thinkers interpreted his work to make it contribute to the revolution? How much of the Russian Revolution can be laid at Hegel's feet?
Essay Topic 2
Which of the thinkers which Edmund Wilson describes had the greatest effect on bringing about the Russian Revolution? What metrics would you use to justify such a claim for a particular thinker?
Essay Topic 3
What changes in European and Russian cultures created ripe conditions for the socialist thought that led from Hegel to Michelet and, ultimately, to Lenin? Was it industrialism, or was it economic transition itself?
Essay Topic 4
Using Michelet's theory that government is the result of the pressures and forces and works of men, how would you explain our contemporary culture...
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