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A History of Russian Thought


William Leatherbarrow, Derek Offord, David Saunders, Gary Hamburg, Gareth Jones, Richard Peace, Gary Saul Morson, Ruth Coates, Vera Tolz, David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, Charles Ellis, Galin Tihanov, Daniel Todes, Nikolai Krementsov, James Scanlan
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  • Date Published: April 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521875219

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  • The history of ideas has played a central role in Russia's political and social history. Understanding its intellectual tradition and the way the intelligentsia have shaped the nation is crucial to understanding the Russia of today. This history examines important intellectual and cultural currents (the Enlightenment, nationalism, nihilism, and religious revival) and key themes (conceptions of the West and East, the common people, and attitudes to capitalism and natural science) in Russian intellectual history. Concentrating on the Golden Age of Russian thought in the mid-nineteenth century, the contributors also look back to its eighteenth-century origins in the flowering of culture following the reign of Peter the Great, and forward to the continuing vitality of Russia's classical intellectual tradition in the Soviet and post-Soviet eras. With brief biographical details of over fifty key thinkers and an extensive bibliography, this book provides a fresh, comprehensive overview of Russian intellectual history.

    • Provides an overview of the major themes, movements and thinkers in Russian intellectual history
    • Sets intellectual developments in their political, social and cultural context
    • Includes biographies of key thinkers and writers, an extensive bibliography and detailed index
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    'Professor Derek Offord says A History of Russian Thought, published this month by Cambridge University Press will be of interest to anyone interested in discovering the origins of present day Russia's nationalistic, religious and authoritarian preoccupations.' Bristol Evening Post

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521875219
    • length: 466 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 161 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.87kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Context:
    1. Introduction William Leatherbarrow and Derek Offord
    2. The political and social order David Saunders
    3. Russian intelligentsias Gary Hamburg
    Part II. Intellectual Currents:
    4. Russia's eighteenth-century Enlightenment Gareth Jones
    5. Conservatism in the age of Alexander I and Nicholas I William Leatherbarrow
    6. Nihilism Richard Peace
    7. Tradition and counter-tradition: the radical intelligentsia and classical Russian literature Gary Saul Morson
    8. Religious renaissance in the Silver Age Ruth Coates
    Part III. Themes and Constructs:
    9. The West Vera Tolz
    10. The East David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye
    11. The people Derek Offord
    12. The intelligentsia and capitalism Wayne Dowler
    13. Natural science Charles Ellis
    Part IV. The Afterlife of Classical Thought:
    14. Continuities in the Soviet period Galin Tihanov
    15. Dialectical materialism and Soviet science in the 1920s and 1930s Daniel Todes and Nikolai Krementsov
    16. Afterword James Scanlan
    Biographical appendix
    Selected bibliography

  • Editors

    William Leatherbarrow, University of Sheffield

    Derek Offord, University of Bristol


    William Leatherbarrow, Derek Offord, David Saunders, Gary Hamburg, Gareth Jones, Richard Peace, Gary Saul Morson, Ruth Coates, Vera Tolz, David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, Charles Ellis, Galin Tihanov, Daniel Todes, Nikolai Krementsov, James Scanlan

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