By Derek Offord, William Leatherbarrow
The background of principles has performed a important function in Russia's political and social historical past. realizing its highbrow culture and how the intelligentsia have formed the state is important to figuring out the Russia of at the present time. This new historical past examines very important highbrow and cultural currents (the Enlightenment, nationalism, nihilism, and spiritual revival) and key topics (conceptions of the West and East, the typical humans, and attitudes to capitalism and traditional technology) in Russian highbrow historical past. targeting the Golden Age of Russian idea within the mid 19th century, the participants additionally glance again to its eighteenth-century origins within the flowering of tradition following the reign of Peter the good, and ahead to the ongoing energy of Russia's classical highbrow culture within the Soviet and post-Soviet eras. With short biographical information of over fifty key thinkers and an in depth bibliography, this e-book offers a clean, entire review of Russian highbrow background.
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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). 14. Gershenzon, Istoricheskie zapiski, p. 164. 15. Marc Raeﬀ, Origins of the Russian Intelligentsia: The Eighteenth-Century Nobility (New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, 1966), p.
Marc Raeﬀ, Origins of the Russian Intelligentsia: The Eighteenth-Century Nobility (New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, 1966), p. 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.
Moreover, there is little justiﬁcation for dismissing Russian conservative thought as mere obscurantism. In chapter 5 William Leatherbarrow attempts to restore some balance by addressing the nature of conservative thought between the Enlightenment and the Great Reforms of the 1860s. In arguing that Russian conservatism was much more than mere resistance to change, he seeks to identify its nature through consideration of the philosophy of history implicitly or explicitly expressed by key conservative thinkers of the period, as well as in their attempts to construct a unique cultural identity for Russia that would stand in opposition to the philosophical absolutes and universal concepts of social progress characteristic of the Enlightenment.
A History of Russian Thought by Derek Offord, William Leatherbarrow