A History of Russian Thought by Derek Offord, William Leatherbarrow

By Derek Offord, William Leatherbarrow

The historical past of rules has performed a valuable position in Russia's political and social heritage. realizing its highbrow culture and how the intelligentsia have formed the kingdom is essential to realizing the Russia of this day. This new historical past examines vital highbrow and cultural currents (the Enlightenment, nationalism, nihilism, and non secular revival) and key issues (conceptions of the West and East, the typical humans, and attitudes to capitalism and ordinary technological know-how) in Russian highbrow background. focusing on the Golden Age of Russian suggestion within the mid 19th century, the members additionally glance again to its eighteenth-century origins within the flowering of tradition following the reign of Peter the nice, and ahead to the ongoing power 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 booklet presents a clean, entire assessment of Russian highbrow background.

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171. 16. The term ‘middle class’ as used here does not coincide with usage of the term in the West. The raznochintsy did not comprise a single distinct economic class, but were rather a variegated assortment of intellectuals below the level of the nobility. 17. P. Ia. Chaadaev, Stat’i i pis’ma (Moscow: Sovremennik, 1989), p. 47. 18. V. G. Belinskii, Polnoe sobranie sochinenii, 13 vols. (Moscow: Akademiia nauk SSSR, 1953–9), vol. III, p. 341. 19. , vol. XI, p. 576. 20. A. I. Herzen, Sobranie sochinenii, 8 vols.

36 Like his father, however, Alexander III soon turned to practicalities. 39 Thus tsars repeatedly made clear, sometimes in religious terms, sometimes not, that their ideology was strongly and avowedly directive. 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.

Xiv. 5. ), Russian Intellectual History: An Anthology (New Jersey: Humanities Press, 1966), p. v. 6. , p. 4. 7. , p. 5. 8. , p. 6. 16 william leatherbarrow and derek offord 9. Isaiah Berlin, Russian Thinkers, ed. 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.

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