Revolutionary Dreams : Utopian Vision and Experimental Life in the Russian Revolution: Utopian Vision and Experimental Life in the Russian Revolution (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Dec 8, 1988 - Political Science - 324 pages
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The revolutionary ideals of equality, communal living, proletarian morality, and technology worship, rooted in Russian utopianism, generated a range of social experiments which found expression, in the first decade of the Russian revolution, in festival, symbol, science fiction, city planning, and the arts. In this study, historian Richard Stites offers a vivid portrayal of revolutionary life and the cultural factors--myth, ritual, cult, and symbol--that sustained it, and describes the principal forms of utopian thinking and experimental impulse. Analyzing the inevitable clash between the authoritarian elements in the Bolshevik's vision and the libertarian behavior and aspirations of large segments of the population, Stites interprets the pathos of utopian fantasy as the key to the emotional force of the Bolshevik revolution which gave way in the early 1930s to bureaucratic state centralism and a theology of Stalinism.
  

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Contents

Social Daydreaming Before the Revolution
13
Utopias in the Air and on the Ground
37
Revolutionary Iconoclasm
61
Festivals of the People
79
Godless Religion
101
Man the Machine
145
The Community of the Future
165
Futurology and Science Fiction 167
167
City and Building
190
The Communal Movement
205
War on the Dreamers
225
Conclusion
242
A Note on Sources and Abbreviations
255
Index
297
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