Portrayals of Progressivism

Drama and Theater / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
This paper examines progressivism in Russian literature as exhibited in the works of Chekhov and Dostoevsky.

This paper explores the under lying concepts of Russian literature’s `Progressivism`, by explaining the events between 1889 and 1920 as exemplified in the works of Chekhov and Dostoevsky. The paper argues that the fictional societies lost faith in religious concepts but still wanted these values in their politics and economy. The paper also shows the historic change and progress in the Russian society as a result of modernization.
‘Progressivism’ is a term, usually describing a nebulous concept, a persuasion, explaining the events between 1889 and 1920. It was political only on its surface. At its core it was religious, an attempt by people from all social classes, but chiefly the middle class, to restore the proper balances among moral values, capitalistic competition, and democratic processes, which the expansion of business in the New Age seemed to have changed in alarming ways. Societies had lost literal faith in religious concepts but still wanted these values in their politics and economy and every other field.


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