Fire In The Minds Of Men / Edition 1

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Overview

This book traces the origins of a faith—perhaps the faith of the century. Modern revolutionaries are believers, no less committed and intense than were Christians or Muslims of an earlier era. What is new is the belief that a perfect secular order will emerge from forcible overthrow of traditional authority. This inherently implausible idea energized Europe in the nineteenth century, and became the most pronounced ideological export of the West to the rest of the world in the twentieth century. Billington is interested in revolutionaries—the innovative creators of a new tradition. His historical frame extends from the waning of the French Revolution in the late eighteenth century to the beginnings of the Russian Revolution in the early twentieth century. The theater was Europe of the industrial era; the main stage was the journalistic offices within great cities such as Paris, Berlin, London, and St. Petersburg. Billington claims with considerable evidence that revolutionary ideologies were shaped as much by the occultism and proto-romanticism of Germany as the critical rationalism of the French Enlightenment. The conversion of social theory to political practice was essentially the work of three Russian revolutions: in 1905, March 1917, and November 1917. Events in the outer rim of the European world brought discussions about revolution out of the school rooms and press rooms of Paris and Berlin into the halls of power.

Despite his hard realism about the adverse practical consequences of revolutionary dogma, Billington appreciates the identity of its best sponsors, people who preached social justice transcending traditional national, ethnic, and gender boundaries. When this book originally appeared The New Republic hailed it as "remarkable, learned and lively," while The New Yorker noted that Billington "pays great attention to the lives and emotions of individuals and this makes his book absorbing." It is an invaluable work of history and contribution to our understanding of political life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765804716
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/15/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 696
  • Sales rank: 304,423
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.53 (d)

Meet the Author

James H. Billington is currently the Librarian of Congress. Before that, he served as director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He has been a leading figure in American academic exchange programs, and served as past chairman of the Board of Foreign Scholarship, which directs the Fulbright Program. He is author of Mikhailovsky and Russian Populism and The Icon and the Axe: An Interpretive History of Russian Culture.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction 3
Bk. I Foundations of the Revolutionary Faith: The Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries
1 Incarnation 17
2 A Locus of Legitimacy 24
3 The Objects of Belief 54
4 The Occult Origins of Organization 86
Bk. II The Dominance of the National Revolutionaries: The Mid-Nineteenth Century
5 The Conspiratorial Constitutionalists (1815-25) 128
6 National vs. Social Revolution (1830-48) 146
7 The Evolutionary Alternative 191
8 Prophecy: The Emergence of an Intelligentsia 208
9 The Early Church (the 1840s) 243
10 Schism: Marx vs. Proudhon 287
11 The Magic Medium: Journalism 306
12 The Waning of Revolutionary Nationalism 324
Bk. III The Rise of the Social Revolutionaries: The Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
13 The Machine: German Social Democracy 367
14 The Bomb: Russian Violence 386
15 Revolutionary Syndicalism 419
16 The Path to Power: Lenin 443
17 The Role of Women 482
Epilogue: Beyond Europe 505
Notes 511
Index 653
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