The BackShop Journal

A Web Magazine of Arts, Culture and Orthodox Christian Spirituality

  • The Tragic Fate of Serbian Writers in the Great War

    November 8, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of a Serbian poet, Milutin Bojić. He was only 25 years old at the time of his eternal repose, but his famous verses became a solemn testament to a great Serbian tragedy. Bojić published poetry well before the start of the Great War. His re...
  • Montaigne and the Renaissance

    The 15th and the 16th century is the time of radical political, social and cultural transformations. The revival of antiquity heightens the contrast between the pagan and Christian worlds; the reform movement in the church divides the Christian world into competing denominations; overseas explo...
  • Martin Luther, the Humanist "Enlightener"

    Exactly 500 years ago, on the last day of October in 1517, German professor of theology, composer, priest, monk, and the central figure of the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther (1483-1546) wrote his famous 95 theses against the practices of the Roman Catholic church. Luther mostly objected to in...
  • Russian Writers as Instigators of the 1917 Revolution

    In February 1917, the incredible news spread around the world like wildfire. After massive demonstrations by workers and soldiers, and violent unrest in Saint Petersburg, the Russian tsar, Nicholas II abdicated, and the power was taken by the Provisional Government headed by the "Socialists" and the...
  • Back to School: Fun or Ennui?

    In most European countries, September 1st is the day when children start school. It can be an exciting, but also stressful event. There are some benefits from school, but detriments seem just as extant, especially regarding the focus in learning. Unfortunately, most children consider school an annoy...
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Russian Avant-Garde, the "Black Square" and Primordial Forms
One of the most impressive and influential phenomena in the intellectual, spiritual and artistic upheaval in Russia around the time of the Revolution was the Russian avant-garde in visual arts. Two of its most prominent representatives were Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935) and Wassily Kandinsky (1866-19...
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