Political Culture of the Russian 'Democrats'

Political Culture of the Russian 'Democrats'

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The Political Culture of Russian Democrats examines the origins and development of the world view of those who call themselves 'democrats' in Russian in the last years of the USSR. The book develops a distinct approach to the study of political culture and applies it to a specific social groupDSmembers of the democratic movement in Soviet Russia. The author examines the emergence of the ideas of Russian 'democrats' during the Gorbachev era in Soviet politics, and traces the development of those beliefs in the post-Soviet era. The book argues that the liberal and democratic terminology of western politics were assimilated by Russian political culture, with the terms acquiring a different meaning.show more

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  • Hardback | 350 pages
  • 154.9 x 236.2 x 25.4mm | 589.68g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 0198295588
  • 9780198295587

About Alexander Lukin

Alexander Lukin is Director of the Institute for Political and Legal Studies in Moscow and a Senior Lecturer in Political Science at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University) of the Russian Foreign Ministryshow more

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Many will value this book for its careful exploration of the existing literature, for its ability to reach beyond the better-known publishing houses based in Moscow and St Petersburg, and for its combination of documentary and interview sources. * Political Studies * Offers valuable insight not only into the evolution of the Russian democratic movement, but also into the mindset and behaviour of those who composed its ranks. * H-Russia * The culmination of considerable research and meticulous analysis ... The material is exceptionally well-organized. The chapters flow directly into each other with clear connections between them. Those unfamiliar with political theory and analysis benefit from the author's efforts to make his arguments both accessible and substantive ... Readers will appreciate the numerous personal anecdotes which offer intriguing glimpses into the lives and motives of individual democrats ... would make excellent reading for graduate history and political science courses. * H-Russia * Lukin has written one of the most significant works to date on Russian democracy ... Lukin has produced a thoroughly researched, thought-provoking study that will provide specialists and non-specialists alike a deeper understanding of Russian democracy, its origins, evolution, and future. * H-Russia * He [Lukin] lets his interviewees (who come from all over Russia) speak, and their reminiscences - quite apart from Lukin's analysis - provide fascinating glimpses of their backgrounds and beliefs. * The Political Quarterly * Lukin's work is of particular interest, given the perspective it affords: this is an insider's account, written with an intimate knowledge of the time and place he is describing ... Not the least of Lukin's virtues is that his account is lucidly written, jargon-free, empirically based and driven. * The Political Quarterly *show more

Table of contents

1. Introduction: Sources and Methodology ; 2. Democratic Groups in Soviet Russia: An Assessment of the Literature ; 3. The Emergence and Development of 'Democratic' Political Groups and Embryonic Political Parties ; 4. From Marxism to Anti-Communism: Sources and Evolution of Political Beliefs of Russian Democrats ; 5. Hell on Earth: Attitudes toward the Existing Soviet State and Social Structure ; 6. The Ideal Society: Interpretations of Democracy ; 7. The Bi-Polar World: Soviet Totalitarianism and Western Civilization ; 8. Political Culture of Russian Democrats: the New and the Oldshow more