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Russia under Western Eyes

From the Bronze Horseman to the Lenin Mausoleum

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$19.50 • £15.95 • €17.50

ISBN 9780674002104

Publication Date: 04/07/2000


528 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

Belknap Press


  • Prologue: In Scythia
  • Introduction: The Russian Riddle
  • 1. Russia as Enlightened Despotism: 1700–1815
    • The Birth of the Concert of Europe
    • Russia as Old Regime
    • The Ottoman Control
    • Russia as Philosophic Fable
    • Exegi Monumentum Aereum Perennum I
    • The Legend Redux
    • Enlightenment and the Police State
    • The Twilight of the Old Regime
  • 2. Russia as Oriental Despotism: 1815–1855
    • Europe as the Two and the Three
    • Culture and the German Sonderweg
    • The Romantic Chiaroscuro
    • The New Historical Canon
    • A Fractured Image
    • The Russian Sonderweg
    • Russia Outcast
  • 3. Russia as Europe Regained: 1855–1914
    • Obverse: The Curve of Convergence
    • Russia Reformed
    • Mitteleuropa
    • Russia for Liberals
    • Russia for Socialists
    • Russia for Nationalists
    • Reverse: Fin de Siècle and Russian Soul
    • Art for Art’s Sake
    • From Symbolism to Modernism
    • The Russian Prophets
    • Soul for Export
    • The Roots of Aesthetic Nihilism
  • 4. War and Revolution: 1914–1917
    • The Hinge of Darkness
    • A Dawn amidst the Night?
    • The Socialist Riddle
    • Socialism as an Ideal Type, or, the DNA of a Unicorn
    • Marxist Theory
    • Leninist Practice
  • 5. Through the Soviet-Russian Looking-Glass, and What the West Found There: 1917–1991
    • Prologue: In the Eye of the Beholder
    • Heads, the Experiment: 1917–1945
    • The Ride of the Troika
    • Exegi Monumentum II
    • The Fascist Counterpoint
    • Where the Twain Meet
    • The Ride of Rozinante
    • International Class Struggle
    • Tails, The Empire: 1945–1991
    • The Cold War
    • Kaleidoscopic Vision
    • Khrushshev’s Thaw
    • The Road to Dètente
    • The Waltz of the Models
    • Voices Off
    • Over and Out: Gorbachev
  • Conclusion
    • Whither the Troika Now?
    • And Whither the Spectre?
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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