Generations and Radicalism

A quick overview of relevant Estonians
A quick chronology of some relevant Estonians (click for full-size)

Anyone with a cursory knowledge of Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons or Dostoevsky’s Demons is already familiar with the idea of generations in Russian radicalism. But rather than a conflict of ideologies or the disconnect between inflammatory speech and incendiary action, the Estonian example shows a steady build-up in pressure from the first generation, roughly those born in the mid-1850s to mid-1860s, through the next two generations of a decade apiece, the last of which featured participants in the revolution of 1905 as young as 16. Naturally it’s fair to question whether 10 years is long enough to even consider a generation, but I think it’s fair to suggest that these cohorts shared certain traits that distinguished them from one another. I need to think about it more systematically first, however.

A Brave New World

I really ought to have more of an online presence, especially if I’m involved in the Digital Humanities community. At the very least you can expect to see a few recent conference presentations uploaded in the near future (and hopefully much more!).