United Kingdom
expert on Russian intellectual history

Aileen Kelly

Aileen Kelly is a historian specialising in the history of ideas, and in Russian intellectual history in particular. She taught in the Department of Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge and is a Fellow of King’s College there. She is the author of the books Mikhail Bakunin: A Study in the Politics and Psychology of Utopianism (1982), Toward Another Shore: Russian Thinkers between Necessity and Chance (1998) and Views from the Other Shore: Essays on Herzen, Chekhov and Bakhtin (1999), and has been a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books. In 2016, she published the monumental biography The Discovery of Chance. The Life and Thought of Alexander Herzen.

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Journal Nexus

Nexus 77

De laatste revolutie

Speaker at



Nexus Conference 2017

The Last Revolution

18 November 2017 9.30 – 16.00 National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam