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Heralds of Revolution : Russian Students and the Mythologies of Radicalism - Susan K. Morrissey

Heralds of Revolution

Russian Students and the Mythologies of Radicalism

Hardcover Published: 1st November 1997
ISBN: 9780195115444
Number Of Pages: 304

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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.

"Morrissey tells this story...with great intelligence and sophistication. Her admirable effort is the most successful yet in the Russian and Soviet field at examining very carefully, and on the basis of extensive archival research and rich memoir literature, the inextricable links between discourse and consciousness, and the ways in which discourse itself structures social behavior as well as social meaning... Heralds of Revolution is essential reading for historians in and outside the Russian field."--Historian "...the book...will be useful to those studying corporate identities of various social groups as well as those specifically interested in the Russian studenchestvo, intelligentsia and their role in the Russian revolution."--The Russian Review "Morrissey makes good use of memoirs of student life. She ably demonstrates concurrences of the mythical and the real. Her style is crisp and lucid and a pleasure to read."--Journal of Modern History

Introduction: Narrative and Identity in Russian Radical Culturep. 3
The Making of Revolutionary Heroes
Myths and Memories: The New People in the Universityp. 17
The Birth of Student Radicalismp. 20
The Studenchestvop. 23
Radicalism as Bildungsromanp. 27
Students' Storiesp. 33
From a Female Point of Viewp. 38
The Rise of Consciousness: The Student Movement, 1899-1904p. 44
The 1899 Strikep. 45
A Bourgeois Studenchestvo?p. 51
The Call of Solidarityp. 53
Assessments of 1899p. 56
Turning to the Streetsp. 58
The Boundaries of Communityp. 64
The Period of Differentiationp. 68
Righteous Men and Sinners: Honor and the Politics of "Personal" Lifep. 75
The Politics of Purityp. 78
The Politics of Genderp. 80
The Politics of Daily Lifep. 88
When the Street Entered the University: The Revolution of 1905-1907p. 99
Students on Strikep. 101
The Powers of Studenchestvop. 103
The Hearth of Democracyp. 106
The People's Universityp. 109
The Specter of Violencep. 116
Temple of Science or Building for Meetings?p. 117
The Free Universityp. 118
The Mire of Life
From Icon of New Order to Symbol of Disorder: Students and the End of Revolutionp. 127
A Reappraisal of Valuesp. 128
Rewriting the Pastp. 131
The Lures of Capitalismp. 134
The Triumphant March of Historyp. 140
The Decline and Fall of Studenchestvop. 146
The Promise of Education: Women Students in the Public Eyep. 155
Prostitute and Motherp. 157
Fruits of Revolutionp. 160
Women in the Universityp. 162
A New Woman?p. 168
Feminism, Socialism, and Sciencep. 173
"It Is Good to Die Young": Heroic Ends and the Search for a New Storyp. 178
Epidemic Suicide and the Revolutionary Experiencep. 182
The Epidemic in the Pressp. 187
From a Poverty of Means to a Poverty of Valuesp. 188
The Eternal Masqueradep. 197
Radicalism Reborn? Students in Protest, War, and Revolutionp. 206
Autonomy in Ashesp. 207
Science under Guardp. 214
Patriotism and Protestp. 218
Revolutionp. 223
Conclusion: Heroism and Everyday Lifep. 227
Epilogue: The Making of the "Former People"p. 231
Abbreviationsp. 235
Notesp. 237
Bibliographyp. 267
Indexp. 279
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ISBN: 9780195115444
ISBN-10: 0195115449
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st November 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.72 x 16.1  x 2.46
Weight (kg): 0.62