The Drama of Russian Political History

The Drama of Russian Political History : System Against Individuality

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In his introduction, Alexander V. Obolonsky notes that Russian history and life are full of paradoxes, most of them sad. Why, he asks, have the Russians, who possess enormous natural, human, and intellectual resources and a great literary and scientific heritage, proven unable to realize their great potential? Obolonsky has undertaken the formidable task of reinterpreting Russian history from the Time of Troubles and the reign of Ivan the Terrible to perestroika, glasnost, and the dismantling of the Soviet system. Through a careful reconsideration of Russia's past, he seeks to assess the social and political realities that will shape the future. Obolonsky structures his analytic narrative around two concepts_a system in which individuals are viewed as "cogs" functioning for the sake of the whole, and a liberal person-centered paradigm in which society seeks to promote the development of the individual. In doing so, he challenges standard interpretations regarding Russia, the USSR, the role of political leaders, and the Russian people. Students of Russian history, politics, and culture, and those interested in the broader issues of twentieth-century society, will find this informative magnum opus insightful and thought-provoking.show more

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 195.6 x 242.3 x 27.7mm | 653.18g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 1585442240
  • 9781585442249

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." . .suitable for a readership that brings some knowledge of Russian history and social development to the work, primarily scholars and advanced students of history and political philosophy. Nonetheless, The Drama of Russian Political History is a thoughtful and powerful book that deserves a wide readership."--Clarence B. Davis, Historyshow more

About Alexander V. Obolonsky

ALEXANDER V. OBOLONSKY teaches at Moscow State University in Moscow. This volume is a substantially revised, English version of a highly regarded book that provoked much domestic controversy upon its publication in Russia in 1994.show more

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