Heralds of Revolution: Russian Students and the Mythologies of Radicalism

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Reading Russian revolutionary culture through its stories, author Susan Morrissey examines how the quest for consciousness evolved into a master-plot of student radicalism. Based on interdisciplinary sources and extensive research in Russian archives, this study throws new light on the dynamics of political and cultural change in late Imperial Russia and poses provocative questions about both the pre-revolutionary antecedents and the founding myths of the Soviet Union. This work will appeal to historians of ...

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Heralds of Revolution: Russian Students and the Mythologies of Radicalism

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Reading Russian revolutionary culture through its stories, author Susan Morrissey examines how the quest for consciousness evolved into a master-plot of student radicalism. Based on interdisciplinary sources and extensive research in Russian archives, this study throws new light on the dynamics of political and cultural change in late Imperial Russia and poses provocative questions about both the pre-revolutionary antecedents and the founding myths of the Soviet Union. This work will appeal to historians of Russia and the Soviet Union, as well as specialists in Slavic culture and literature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195115444
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Pages: 304
  • Lexile: 1470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Morrissey is currently Research Fellow at Friedrich-Alexander Universit├Ąt in Germany.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Narrative and Identity in Russian Radical Culture 3
Pt. 1 The Making of Revolutionary Heroes
1 Myths and Memories: The New People in the University 17
2 The Rise of Consciousness: The Student Movement, 1899-1904 44
3 Righteous Men and Sinners: Honor and the Politics of "Personal" Life 75
4 When the Street Entered the University: The Revolution of 1905-1907 99
Pt. 2 The Mire of Life
5 From Icon of New Order to Symbol of Disorder: Students and the End of Revolution 127
6 The Promise of Education: Women Students in the Public Eye 155
7 "It is Good to Die Young": Heroic Ends and the Search for a New Story 178
8 Radicalism Reborn? Students in Protest, War, and Revolution 206
Conclusion: Heroism and Everyday Life 227
Epilogue: The Making of the "Former People" 231
Abbreviations 235
Notes 237
Bibliography 267
Index 279
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