s/t: A History of the Populist & Socialist Movements in 19th Century Russia...
|Title||:||Roots of Revolution|
|Number of Pages||:||850 Pages|
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Roots of Revolution Reviews
I picked this formidable tome up while still at Grinnell College as it had been recommended for a two-semester Russain survey history class taught by Gregory Guroff. My especial interest then was in the intellectual currents behind the revolution. Although much impressed by what I knew of Marxist theory then, ideas excited me more than economics. The contrast between the primitive social conditions of the czarist state and the extreme utopianism of many of its would-be reformers was an intiguing coincidentia oppositorum and, in retrospect, may prefigure my later interest in religious studies. Indeed, at the same time I was also attending Alan Jones' sociology seminar entitled "Utopia and Society."Now, years later, having done the religion thing and knowing quite a lot more about Marx and Marxism, I finally got down to Venturi's book. On the one hand, I ought to have read it earlier. On the other, I was now much more able to appreciate it.
I am an occassional reader of works of Russian history, especially works related to the Revolution of 1917, its aftermath, through the death of Stalin. Venturi's history of the Russian populism and socialism of the 19th century is a seminal work by any measure - the starting point of any investigation of the history of political thought and organization during the 2nd half of the 19th century. Isaiah Berlin's introduction to the book alone is worth its price
A bit difficult in places, but a good read at the same time. Just make sure to set aside a lot of time for it, as it's easier to understand the larger chunks you read it in.
A fascinating account of the great Russian thinkers of the nineteenth century - Hersen, Bakunin, Belinsky and others. Well worth reading.