The Soul of the East is Mark Hackard’s online project to ensure that valuable aspects of Russian political and religious thought are made available to English speakers. While Russia has an extraordinary treasury of statesmen, philosophers, theologians and other authors, many of their writings have not been translated. Fyodor Dostoevsky, for example, may be well-known enough in Europe and America, but vital analysis of his worldview by Russian thinkers is generally not. There are also numerous historical, religious, philosophical and geopolitical texts in Russian that would be of great service to readers in the West, including essays and books by such figures as Ivan Ilyin, Konstantin Leontiev, Lev Tikhomirov, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Walter Schubart and Konstantin Pobedonostsev. Soul of the East seeks to highlight important themes in these works so that they may be, in the words of Vladimir Soloviev, a light from the East.

Mark Hackard

Mark Hackard is an independent foreign policy analyst. He earned a BA in Russian Language from Georgetown University and an MA in Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies from Stanford University. He studies the intersection of political culture, religion and strategic issues, which he approaches from a traditionalist-conservative position. Some of his major influences are Joseph de Maistre, Juan Donoso Cortes, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Rene Guenon and Fr. Seraphim Rose.

Daniel Spaulding

Daniel Spaulding

Daniel Spaulding earned a BA in English literature from Bridgewater State University. He currently works and lives in Seoul, South Korea. He enjoys reading philosophy, history, politics, and science fiction. Among the writers he enjoys are included Josef Pieper, Fr. Seraphim Rose, Oswald Spengler, C. S. Lewis, Vladimir Soloviev, and Nicholas Berdyaev.

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  1. Great site gentlemen! As a man with a majority of Russian blood in my veins and an affinity for Russian History, Literature, and a newly acquired interest in Russian Orthodoxy, I find it fantastic that you are translating important political and religious documents from Russian writers and thinkers for us Cyrillic-illiterates! I will absolutely be back to this site time and time again.

    God bless both of you.

  2. Hi Mark, I just saw you on Cross Talk and was motivated to find you site. Looking forward to reading more of your observations and insights. Thank you for your work which I aim to enjoy! David Simpson, Toronto Canada

  3. Assalam alaykum wa rachmatullah wa barakatu. God bless both of you. This is a extraordinary project in order to make the Truth well visible.

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  6. Excellent site. I’m glad to be able to read the P.O.V. of thinkers from Russia. I can’t get this stuff from ANY American media sources – “alternative”, “mainstream”, or independent. Thanks, and please keep the articles coming. I especially enjoyed “A Call to Repentance” because there is some seriously deep biblical/spiritual wisom in there.

  7. One Russian writer that is frequently referred to but not available in English, that I could determine, is Symon Frank.

    There are Russian existentialists that have not been well translated. Since I am typing this on my phone I am unable to search and cite their names.

  8. Fascinated. Enchanted. This is bloody serious work. Mark and Daniel, this is a service to humanity. Demonizing Russia has brought us to brink. Coexistence is nature’s principle. It can not be anything else.

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