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Russian Studies

Leonard Schapiro

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ISBN 10: 0670812811 / ISBN 13: 9780670812813
Published by Viking Adult, New York, 1987
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Orange paper-covered boards with gilt lettering. Previous owner signature and embossed stamp to front endpaper. Text is otherwise clean and white, no marks. Unclipped DJ with $24.95 price shows a hint of edgewear and mild general scuffing. "Schapiro was by general consent one of the greatest authorities of his time on the political and intellectual history of late Tsarist Russia and the Soviet Union. The substantial essays on the intellectual formation of Lenin and Plekhanov deepen our understanding of, and our sympathy for, historical personages of whom Schaprio certainly did not approve." (from the jacket). Bookseller Inventory # J10816

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Title: Russian Studies

Publisher: Viking Adult, New York

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First American Edition.

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These pieces are published for their scholarly worth, and also because they eloquently and inspiringly embody a broad and humane intelligence. Schapiro's most famous book was The Communist Party of the Soviet Union, first published in 1960 with a revised and expanded edition in 1970. He was chairman of the Institute for the Study of Conflict in 1970. He wrote many books about communism, particularly in the context of the Soviet Union. After his death, some of his scattered articles were collected in the volume Russian Studies (1987). Schapiro also translated into English the novel Spring Torrents by Ivan Turgenev.

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"Shortcuts to freedom" taken by various Russian revolutionaries are examined in this miscellany of articles, reviews and essays by a well-known cultural, political and literary historian. Schapiro argues that Lenin was "a man in a hurry" who applied elitist practices to Russia's labor movement much as prerevolutionaries had done with the peasants; this shortcut led directly to Stalin's totalitarian regime. One essay, "Trotsky, As He Really Was," pinpoints Leon Trotsky's failure to admit that Stalinism was a perversion of Marxism and no longer socialism at all. Karl Marx himself was skeptical about whether his theories could be applied to backwards Russia, so Schapiro looks at the group of "legal Marxists" led by Petr Struve who stressed Russia's immediate need to evolve into a capitalist society that would nurture liberal freedoms. An incisive portrait of poet Alexander Blok claims he was drawn to the revolutionary mystique because of its destructive aspects.
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