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The French Revolutionary Tradition in Russian and Soviet Politics, Political Thought, and Culture

Jay Bergman

Abstract

Because they were Marxists, the Bolsheviks in Russia, both before and after taking power in 1917, believed that the past was prologue: that embedded in history was a Holy Grail, a series of mysterious but nonetheless accessible and comprehensible universal laws, that explained the course of history from beginning to end; those who understood these laws would be able to mould the future to conform to their own expectations. But what should the Bolsheviks do if their Marxist ideology proved to be either erroneous or insufficient—if it could not explain, or explain fully, the course of events tha ... More

Keywords: revolutions, France, Russia, analogies, revolutionary, mythology, French revolutions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198842705
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198842705.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jay Bergman, author
Professor of History, Central Connecticut State University