Russia under Western Eyes: From the Bronze Horseman to the Lenin Mausoleum / Edition 1

Russia under Western Eyes: From the Bronze Horseman to the Lenin Mausoleum / Edition 1

by Martin Malia
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674002105

ISBN-13: 9780674002104

Pub. Date: 04/01/2000

Publisher: Harvard University Press

As the dust clears from the fall of Communism, will Western eyes see Russia, the unclaimed orphan of Western history or Russia as she truly is, a perplexing but undeniable member of the European family? A dazzling work of intellectual history by a world-renowned scholar, spanning the years from Peter the Great to the fall of the Soviet Union, this book gives us a

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As the dust clears from the fall of Communism, will Western eyes see Russia, the unclaimed orphan of Western history or Russia as she truly is, a perplexing but undeniable member of the European family? A dazzling work of intellectual history by a world-renowned scholar, spanning the years from Peter the Great to the fall of the Soviet Union, this book gives us a clear and sweeping view of Russia not as an eternal barbarian menace but as an outermost, if laggard, member in the continuum of European nations.

The Russian troika hurtles through these pages. The Spectre, modernity's belief in salvation by revolutionary ideology, haunts them. Alice's looking glass greets us at this turn and that. Throughout, Martin Malia's inspired use of these devices aptly conveys the surreality of the whole Soviet Russian phenomenon and the West's unbalanced perception of it. He shows us the usually distorted images and stereotypes that have dominated Western ideas about Russia since the eighteenth century. And once these emerge as projections of the West's own internal anxieties, he shifts his focus to the institutional structures and cultural forms Russia shares with her neighbors.

Here modern Europe is depicted as an East-West cultural gradient in which the central and eastern portions respond to the Atlantic West's challenge in delayed and generally skewed fashion. Thus Russia, after two centuries of building then painfully liberalizing its Old Regime, in 1917 tried to leap to a socialism that would be more advanced and democratic than European capitalism. The result was a cruel caricature of European civilization, which mesmerized and polarized the West for most of this century. As the old East-West gradient reappears in genuinely modern guise, this brilliantly imaginative work shows us the reality that has for so long tantalized--and eluded--Western eyes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674002104
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
04/01/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
1,133,462
Product dimensions:
6.15(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.39(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: In Scythia

Introduction: The Russian Riddle

Russia as Enlightened Despotism: 1700-1815

The Birth of the Concert of Europe

Russia as Old Regime

The Ottoman Control

Russia as Philosophic Fable

Exegi Monumentum Aereum Perennum I

The Legend Redux

Enlightenment and the Police State

The Twilight of the Old Regime

Russia as Oriental Despotism: 1815-1855

Europe as the Two and the Three

Culture and the German Sonderweg

The Romantic Chiaroscuro

The New Historical Canon

A Fractured Image

The Russian Sonderweg

Russia Outcast

Russia as Europe Regained: 1855-1914

Obverse: The Curve of Convergence

Russia Reformed

Mitteleuropa

Russia for Liberals

Russia for Socialists

Russia for Nationalists

Reverse: Fin de Siècle and Russian Soul

Art for Art's Sake

From Symbolism to Modernism

The Russian Prophets

Soul for Export

The Roots of Aesthetic Nihilism

War and Revolution: 1914-1917

The Hinge of Darkness

A Dawn amidst the Night?

The Socialist Riddle

Socialism as an Ideal Type, or, the DNA of a Unicorn

Marxist Theory

Leninist Practice

Through the Soviet-Russian Looking-Glass, and What the West Found There: 1917-1991

Prologue: In the Eye of the Beholder

Heads, the Experiment: 1917-1945

The Ride of the Troika

Exegi Monumentum II

The Fascist Counterpoint

Where the Twain Meet

The Ride of Rozinante

International Class Struggle

Tails, The Empire: 1945-1991

The Cold War

Kaleidoscopic Vision

Khrushshev's Thaw

The Road to Dètente

The Waltz of the Models

Voices Off

Over and Out: Gorbachev

Conclusion

Whither the Troika Now?

And Whither the Spectre?

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

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