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Heralds of Revolution: Russian Students and the Mythologies of Radicalism
     

Heralds of Revolution: Russian Students and the Mythologies of Radicalism

by Susan K. Morrissey
 

ISBN-10: 0195115449

ISBN-13: 9780195115444

Pub. Date: 11/28/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

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

Table of Contents

Introduction: Narrative and Identity in Russian Radical Culture3
Part 1The Making of Revolutionary Heroes
1Myths and Memories: The New People in the University17
The Birth of Student Radicalism20
The Studenchestvo23
Radicalism as Bildungsroman27
Students' Stories33
From a Female Point of View38
2The Rise of Consciousness: The Student Movement, 1899-190444
The 1899 Strike45
A Bourgeois Studenchestvo?51
The Call of Solidarity53
Assessments of 189956
Turning to the Streets58
The Boundaries of Community64
The Period of Differentiation68
3Righteous Men and Sinners: Honor and the Politics of "Personal" Life75
The Politics of Purity78
The Politics of Gender80
The Politics of Daily Life88
4When the Street Entered the University: The Revolution of 1905-190799
Students on Strike101
The Powers of Studenchestvo103
The Hearth of Democracy106
The People's University109
The Specter of Violence116
Temple of Science or Building for Meetings?117
The Free University118
Part 2The Mire of Life
5From Icon of New Order to Symbol of Disorder: Students and the End of Revolution127
A Reappraisal of Values128
Rewriting the Past131
The Lures of Capitalism134
The Triumphant March of History140
The Decline and Fall of Studenchestvo146
6The Promise of Education: Women Students in the Public Eye155
Prostitute and Mother157
Fruits of Revolution160
Women in the University162
A New Woman?168
Feminism, Socialism, and Science173
7"It Is Good to Die Young": Heroic Ends and the Search for a New Story178
Epidemic Suicide and the Revolutionary Experience182
The Epidemic in the Press187
From a Poverty of Means to a Poverty of Values188
The Eternal Masquerade197
8Radicalism Reborn? Students in Protest, War, and Revolution206
Autonomy in Ashes207
Science under Guard214
Patriotism and Protest218
Revolution223
Conclusion: Heroism and Everyday Life227
Epilogue: The Making of the "Former People"231
Abbreviations235
Notes237
Bibliography267
Index279

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