Russian studies /
Leonard Schapiro ; edited by Ellen Dahrendorf with an introduction by Harry Willetts.
1st American ed.
New York, NY : Viking, 1987, ©1986.
400 pages ; 24 cm
0670812811, 9780670812813
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New York, NY : Viking, 1987, ©1986.
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My fifty years of social science -- Liberalism and the law: The importance of law in the study of politics and history ; Liberalism in Russia ; The pre-revolutionary intelligentsia and the legal order ; The Vekhi group and the mystique of revolution -- Stolypin : most controversial Russian statesman ; The political thought of the first provisional government ; Struve, liberal on the left ; Struve, liberal on the right -- Marxism and revolution: Marxism in Russia ; The concept of ideology as evolved by Marx and adapted by Lenin ; Plekhanov ; Lenin's intellectual formation and the Russian revolutionary background ; The Mensheviks ; The role of Jews in the Russian revolutionary movement ; Bukharin's way ; A turning point in the history of socialism : the Kronstadt Rising ; Trotsky, as he really was -- Literature and ideas: Turgenev and Herzen : two modes of Russian political thought ; A story of incompatibility : Dostoevsky and Turgenev ; The triumph of humanity in Turgenev's work ; Micael Bakunin : through chaos to utopia ; The last years of Alexander Blok ; Alexander Solzhenitsyn : conscience of Western civilization.
general note
"Elisabeth Sifton books."
"Elisabeth Sifton books."Includes bibliographies and index.
catalogue key
Gift; Robert S. Kenny; ; RB352702 .
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1986-11-15:
Schapiro, a historian of Russian political thought, taught at the London School of Economics. The thread binding these posthumously collected essays is his conviction that Russia's tragedy lies in her failure, due to her radicals' impatience as well as her obtuse autocracy, to develop a contract between state and citizen to respect civil freedom. With this in mind Schapiro examines the intellectual baggage of men as diverse as the shapers of revolution like Bakunin, Lenin, Trotsky, Plekhanov, and Bukharin; Stolypin (Prime Minister 1906-1911); the politician and theorist Struve (1870-1944); and writers from Turgenev and Herzen to Blok and Solzhenitsyn. This book belongs on the Russian history shelves as a thoughtful counter to the facile view of Marxism that still clouds our understanding of the U.S.S.R. today.Mary F. Zirin, Altadena, Calif. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1987-06-12:
``Shortcuts to freedom'' taken by various Russian revolutionaries are examined in this miscellany of articles, reviews and essays by a well-known cultural, political and literary historian. Schapiro argues that Lenin was ``a man in a hurry'' who applied elitist practices to Russia's labor movement much as prerevolutionaries had done with the peasants; this shortcut led directly to Stalin's totalitarian regime. One essay, ``Trotsky, As He Really Was,'' pinpoints Leon Trotsky's failure to admit that Stalinism was a perversion of Marxism and no longer socialism at all. Karl Marx himself was skeptical about whether his theories could be applied to backwards Russia, so Schapiro looks at the group of ``legal Marxists'' led by Petr Struve who stressed Russia's immediate need to evolve into a capitalist society that would nurture liberal freedoms. An incisive portrait of poet Alexander Blok claims he was drawn to the revolutionary mystique because of its destructive aspects. (February) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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