Ideologies and Illusions : Revolutionary Thought from Herzen to Solzhenitsyn / Adam B. Ulam.Material type: BookPublisher: Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, Copyright date: ©1976Edition: Reprint 2014.Description: 1 online resource (343 p.).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780674865686.Subject(s): Communism -- Soviet Union | HISTORY / General | POLITICAL SCIENCE / General | Soviet Union -- Intellectual life | Soviet Union -- Politics and government | HISTORY / GeneralDDC classification: 320.5/31/0947 Online resources: Click here to access online | Cover
Frontmatter -- Contents -- Introduction -- I: The beginnings -- Bakunin, Herzen, and Chernyshevsky -- Socialism and Utopia -- The Marxist Pattern -- II: Men in power -- Lenin's last phase -- Lenin's Legacy -- Lenin, Stalin, and Trotsky -- Stalin -- The uses of Revolution -- Titoism -- III: Internationalism and Foreign Affairs -- Marxist Doctrine -- Communist Doctrine and Soviet Diplomacy -- The Perils of Khrushchev -- The 1966 Congress -- The Post-Khrushchev era -- Moscow plays the balance -- The Soviet Union and the International Game -- The convolutions of terror -- Notes -- Index
In a book of keen perception and vast sweep, a foremost scholar examines one hundred years of Russian revolutionary thought and the men who shaped and were caught up in it. Adam Ulam displays an unusual ability to penetrate the core of the Soviet mind as it evolved and was encapsulated in history. Why did the Russians sign a treaty with Hitler? Why did they build a Berlin Wall, rattle missiles, and then sign a nuclear-test-ban treaty with President Kennedy? Why do they fear Titoism? Why was detente fostered when Nixon was president? By reflecting on the psychology, ideology, and frenetic activity of revolutionary Russians, Ulam leads us to answers. Ulam's ability to explain events by tracing the continuities in the Russian mentality makes this work a special achievement in Soviet studies and intellectual history.
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