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Russia Before The 'Radiant Future'

Essays in Modern History, Culture, and Society

Michael Confino†

310 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-84545-761-7 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (May 2011)

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Lively and provocative to the last, Confino offers in this posthumously published volume the mature reflections of a master historian.”  ·  Slavonic & East European Review

One of the major historians of prerevolutionary Russia has collected in this volume some of his most important essays. Written over a number of years, these pioneering works have been revised and updated and are complemented by others being published for the first time. Thematically, they cover major subjects in Imperial Russian history and in historical writing, such as ideas and their role in historical change; the intelligentsia, the nobility, and peasant society; and historiography. The twelve essays raise cardinal questions about current scholarship on Russian history before the upheavals of 1917 and offer original interpretations that are of interest to the educated layman as well as the professional historian.

Michael Confino was, until his recent death, Professor Emeritus in History at Tel Aviv University and a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Jerusalem. He was the author of numerous books and articles on modern Russian and comparative history, and on social, intellectual, and agrarian developments under the Old Regime; he served as Visiting Professor at Harvard (1969, 1978), Stanford (1979, 1985), the University of Chicago (1966, 1968, 1970), Duke (1987), and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris (1974, 1976).

Subject: General History
Area: Central/Eastern Europe

LC: DK38.C66 2011

BL: YC.2011.a.9120

BISAC: HIS000000 HISTORY/General; HIS032000 HISTORY/Europe/Russia & the Former Soviet Union; HIS037060 HISTORY/Modern/19th Century

BIC: HBJD European history; HBLL Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900




Contents

Foreword  
A Note on Transliteration and Dates
Acknowledgments

Introduction: The Discipline and I

PART I: THE FATE OF IDEAS IN HISTORY

Chapter 1. Alexander Herzen and Isaiah Berlin on Russia’s Elusive Counter-Enlightenment
Chapter 2. Russian and Western European Roots of Soviet Totalitarianism
Chapter 3. Traditions, Old and New: Patterns of Protest and Dissent in Modern Russia

PART II: SOCIAL GROUPS IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE

Chapter 4. On Intellectuals and Intellectual Traditions in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Russia
Chapter 5. The Nobility in Russia and Western Europe: Contrasts and Similarities
Chapter 6. Comparing Russian Serfdom and American Slavery
Chapter 7. Agrarian Crisis, Urbanization, and the Russian Peasants at the End of the Old Regime, 1880s-1920s

PART III: APPROACHES TO THE HISTORY OF RUSSIA

Chapter 8. Re-inventing the Enlightenment: Western Images and Eastern Realities in the Eighteenth Century
Chapter 9. Political Murder in Russian Culture: Comparisons and Counterfactuals
Chapter 10. Current Events and the Representation of the Past: Issues in Russian Historical Writing

Afterword
Bibliography
Index

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