Revolution and culture : the Bogdanov-Lenin controversy /
Zenovia A. Sochor.
Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1988.
x, 258 p. : ill. --
0801420881 (alk. paper)
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Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1988.
0801420881 (alk. paper)
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 235-251.
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Appeared in Choice on 1988-11:
A scholarly work focused on the political-cultural ideas of Aleksander A. Bogdanov and Lenin's opposition to them. Sochor not only presents the ideas and conflict, but also argues for the significance of Bogdanov's thought. Bogdanov was, for example, a pioneer of systems thinking;the Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci later espoused a number of beliefs similar to those of Bogdanov. Although several early critics charged, with some justification, that Bogdanov's ideas were obscure and difficult, his early debate with Lenin over culture has some relevance today. (For the significance of political culture, see Robert C. Tucker's valuable Political Culture and Leadership in Soviet Russia: From Lenin to Gorbachev, CH, Mar '88.) Now that Soviet leaders and historians are reexamining their history as never before and rehabilitating Communists such as Bukharin, Bogdanov's views seem more timely. Sochor believes, for example, that "Bukharin's thinking was closer to Bogdanovism than to Leninism." Footnotes, bibliography, and index. Graduate readership. -W. G. Moss, Eastern Michigan University
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