The Russian Tragedy: The Burden of History

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M.E. Sharpe, 1996 - 306 páginas
A well-written interpretive history of Russia from earliest times to today--a recounting of the story of Russia's past that is rich with insights into the nation's present torment. The author discusses Russia's strengths and weaknesses as a civilization, the dilemmas that have always confronted it, and the challenges posed by the contemporary effort to remake Russia.

In ten chronological and thematic chapters, the author
--describes the distinctive nature of Russia's experience as an Eastern civilization, of Europe, but not of the West;
--evokes the ways in which Russia's culture, especially its rich literature, has both embodied and expressed the nation's ambivalent identity;
--chronicles the periodic efforts of the Russian state, over three centuries, to catch up with the West without becoming Western;
With grace and good sense, Ragsdale revisits the past not to explain, justify, or condemn, but to illuminate the present.

 

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Origins Russia and the Russian Political Style
3
Politics and Religion The Divorce of State and Society
29
Reason and Progress Peter and Catherine
49
Reaction and Revolt The Imperial Dead End
73
Culture Character Psyche A Literary Excursion
108
Reform or Revolution 19001917
153
The Awkward World of Leninism 19171928
180
The Brave New World of Stalinism 19281953
207
Reform or RevolutionAgain 19531991
240
Conclusion A Cautious Prognosis
266
Notes
277
Index
295
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