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Edmund Wilson's magnum opus, To the Finland Station, is a stirring account of revolutionary politics, people, and ideas from the French Revolution through the Paris Commune to the Bolshevik seizure of power in 1917. It is a work of history on a grand scale, at once sweeping and detailed, closely reasoned and passionately argued, that succeeds in painting an unforgettable picture--alive with conspirators and philosophers, utopians and nihilists--of the making of the modern world....
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Edmund Wilson's magnum opus, To the Finland Station, is a stirring account of revolutionary politics, people, and ideas from the French Revolution through the Paris Commune to the Bolshevik seizure of power in 1917. It is a work of history on a grand scale, at once sweeping and detailed, closely reasoned and passionately argued, that succeeds in painting an unforgettable picture--alive with conspirators and philosophers, utopians and nihilists--of the making of the modern world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590170335
  • Publisher: New York Review Books
  • Publication date: 2/15/2003
  • Series: New York Review Books Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 5.01 (w) x 7.97 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Edmund Wilson (1895–1972) was among the foremost American men of letters of the twentieth century. A literary critic, novelist, memoirist, playwright, journalist, poet, and editor, he was the author of more than twenty books.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction, 1971
Michelet Discovers Vico 5
Michelet and the Middle Ages 9
Michelet and the Revolution 15
Michelet Tries to Live His History 26
Michelet Between Nationalism and Socialism 29
Decline of the Revolutionary Tradition: Renan 37
Decline of the Revolutionary Tradition: Taine 46
Decline of the Revolutionary Tradition: Anatole France 56
Origins of Socialism: Babeuf's Defense 71
Origins of Socialism: Saint-Simon's Hierarchy 80
Origins of Socialism: The Communities of Fourier and Owen 87
Origins of Socialism: Enfantin and the American Socialists 98
Karl Marx: Prometheus and Lucifer 111
Karl Marx Decides to Change the World 120
Friedrich Engels: The Young Man from Manchester 128
The Partnership of Marx and Engels 139
Marx and Engels: Grinding the Lens 150
Marx and Engels Take a Hand at Making History 161
The Myth of the Dialectic 177
Marx and Engels Go Back to Writing History 197
Historical Actors: Lassalle 225
Historical Actors: Bakunin 256
Karl Marx: Poet of Commodities and Dictator of the Proletariat 284
Karl Marx Dies at His Desk 324
Lenin: The Brothers Ulyanov 343
Lenin: The Great Headmaster 367
Trotsky: The Young Eagle 397
Trotsky Identifies History with Himself 422
Lenin Identifies Himself with History 438
Lenin at the Finland Station 449
Appendices 467
Index 493
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