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By Derek Offord, William Leatherbarrow

ISBN-10: 0521875218

ISBN-13: 9780521875219

The historical past of principles has performed a critical function in Russia's political and social historical past. figuring out its highbrow culture and how the intelligentsia have formed the kingdom is essential to realizing the Russia of this present day. This new historical past examines very important highbrow and cultural currents (the Enlightenment, nationalism, nihilism, and spiritual revival) and key subject matters (conceptions of the West and East, the typical humans, and attitudes to capitalism and normal technological know-how) in Russian highbrow background. focusing on the Golden Age of Russian concept within the mid 19th century, the individuals additionally glance again to its eighteenth-century origins within the flowering of tradition following the reign of Peter the good, and ahead to the continued energy of Russia's classical highbrow culture within the Soviet and post-Soviet eras. With short biographical info of over fifty key thinkers and an intensive bibliography, this e-book offers a clean, entire assessment of Russian highbrow historical past.

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Few if any of them were non-interventionist, pragmatic, empirically inclined or detached. None gave the population much room for manoeuvre. 40 responses In the light of the foregoing, it ought to be easy to see why there were conservative thinkers in eighteenth-, nineteenth- and early twentiethcentury Russia. They were the intellectuals who respected strong institutions, welcomed social control and deplored ideological dissidence. Two of them, Feofan Prokopovich and Uvarov, appeared in passing in the last section.

Henry Hardy and Aileen Kelly (London: Hogarth Press, 1978), p. 117. 10. P. V. Annenkov, Literaturnye vospominaniia (Moscow: Gosudarstvennoe izdatel’stvo khudozhestvennoi literatury, 1960), p. 270. 11. M. O. Gershenzon, Istoricheskie zapiski (Moscow: Tipografiia I. N. Kushnereva, 1910), pp. 153–4. 12. Philip Pomper, The Russian Revolutionary Intelligentsia (New York: Crowell, 1970), p. 1. 13. See Nicholas V. Riasanovsky, A Parting of Ways: Government and the Educated Public in Russia 1801–1855 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1976).

Peasant courts were abolished in 1912. These changes of the late tsarist period were still taking effect when revolution broke out. Although, in and just after 1917, peasants took over the estates of the gentry, they did not convert them into multiple individual smallholdings. Perhaps because the reforms of the previous decade had not had time to make their mark, they applied traditional methods. 22 At least twice in the 1920s (in 1923–4 and 1927–8), the young Soviet regime experienced crises of food supply because the countryside would not part with its produce.

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