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The Real Speransky

Just as all novelists blend fact into the fiction mix, Tolstoy has peppered War and Peace with some real historical figures – Mikhail Speransky being just one of them.  Speransky, Prince Andrei’s one-time mentor, really did exist and was considered quite the liberal reformer.  For your enrichment, I’ve attached an article about him from Europe 1789-1914: Encyclopedia of the Age of Industry and Empire.


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Happy Birthday, Tolstoy!

Today is the birth anniversary of Leo Tolstoy!  Tolstoy was born 183 years ago today in Yasnaya Polyana, Tula province, Russian Empire.  Learn more about his life by browsing this great article from

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