Civilizational analysis as a branch of contemporary sociology is considered in the article. The study of the Soviet model of modernity from this perspective in the works of J. Arnason is discussed.
Mikhail Pavlovets surveys one of the hottest issues of Russian life today: school education. His article “School Canon as a Battlefield: A Font with no Child” develops a topic introduced by the author in the NZ pages, that of the formation and transformation of the “school literary canon”. The first of these pieces, “School Canon as a Battlefield: Historical Reenactment” (2016. № 2(106)), talked of the historical development of the school canon since the middle of the 19th century. The second one focuses on recent events: the way the school literature curriculum – and with it, the list of compulsory books – has turned (not at all unexpectedly) into a mirror of the “protective-conservative line” currently taken by the Russian authorities.
The article is devoted to the history of the school literary canon. The autor traces its development from the late 19th century, when a Russian literature course was first adopted by gymnasium, to the end of the Soviet era.