Revolutionary Dreams: Utopian Vision and Experimental Life in the Russian Revolution

Revolutionary Dreams: Utopian Vision and Experimental Life in the Russian Revolution

Richard Stites


The innovative beliefs of equality, communal residing, proletarian morality, and know-how worship, rooted in Russian utopianism, generated more than a few social experiments which came upon expression, within the first decade of the Russian revolution, in competition, image, technological know-how fiction, urban making plans, and the humanities. during this research, historian Richard Stites bargains a bright portrayal of innovative existence and the cultural factors--myth, ritual, cult, and symbol--that sustained it, and describes the primary sorts of utopian pondering and experimental impulse. reading the inevitable conflict among the authoritarian parts within the Bolshevik's imaginative and prescient and the libertarian habit and aspirations of huge segments of the inhabitants, Stites translates the pathos of utopian fable because the key to the emotional strength of the Bolshevik revolution which gave manner within the early Nineteen Thirties to bureaucratic country centralism and a theology of Stalinism.

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