Philosophy and Politics - Critical Explorations

Dimensions and Challenges of Russian Liberalism

Historical Drama and New Prospects

Editors: Cucciolla, Riccardo Mario (Ed.)

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  • First book on the much debated issue of dimensions and challenges of Russia liberalism in a multidisciplinary and long-term perspective 
  • Appeals to readers interested of twentieth-century history, the collapse of Communism, transition, democratization and Russian studies
  • Focuses on the dilemmas of liberalism in the Russian Imperial context while analyzing the political philosophy of Russian liberalism
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Liberalism in Russia is one of the most complex, multifaced and, indeed, controversial phenomena in the history of political thought. Values and practices traditionally associated with Western liberalism—such as individual freedom, property rights, or the rule of law—have often emerged ambiguously in the Russian historical experience through different dimensions and combinations. Economic and political liberalism have often appeared disjointed, and liberal projects have been shaped by local circumstances, evolved in response to secular challenges and developed within often rapidly-changing institutional and international settings.

This third volume of the Reset DOC “Russia Workshop” collects a selection of the Dimensions and Challenges of Russian Liberalism conference proceedings, providing a broad set of insights into the Russian liberal experience through a dialogue between past and present, and intellectual and empirical contextualization, involving historians, jurists, political scientists and theorists.

The first part focuses on the Imperial period, analyzing the political philosophy and peculiarities of pre-revolutionary Russian liberalism, its relations with the rule of law (Pravovoe Gosudarstvo), and its institutionalization within the Constitutional Democratic Party (Kadets). The second part focuses on Soviet times, when liberal undercurrents emerged under the surface of the official Marxist-Leninist ideology. After Stalin’s death, the “thaw intelligentsia” of Soviet dissidents and human rights defenders represented a new liberal dimension in late Soviet history, while the reforms of Gorbachev’s “New Thinking” became a substitute for liberalism in the final decade of the USSR. 
The third part focuses on the “time of troubles” under the Yeltsin presidency, and assesses the impact of liberal values and ethics, the bureaucratic difficulties in adapting to change, and the paradoxes of liberal reforms during the transition to post-Soviet Russia. Despite Russian liberals having begun to draw lessons from previous failures, their project was severely challenged by the rise of Vladimir Putin. Hence, the fourth part focuses on the 2000s, when the liberal alternative in Russian politics confronted the ascendance of Putin, surviving in parts of Russian culture and in the mindset of technocrats and “system liberals”. Today, however, the Russian liberal project faces the limits of reform cycles of public administration, suffers from a lack of federalist attitude in politics and is externally challenged from an illiberal world order. All this asks us to consider: what is the likelihood of a “reboot” of Russian liberalism?

About the authors

Riccardo Mario Cucciolla is a postdoctoral research fellow in the International Center for the History and Sociology of World War II and Its Consequences at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow. He holds a Ph.D. in Political History (IMT Lucca, 2016). Since 2012, he has also been teaching contemporary history, history of international relations, and history of political parties and movements, while coordinating a course as adjunct professor in Russian history and politics at LUISS Guido Carli in Rome. He specializes in the political history of Soviet Russia and Central Asia—particularly in the evolution of Soviet center–periphery relations during perestroika—and his research interests include history of international relations, military history, history of journalism and colonial studies. For Reset, he has edited the volumes The Power State is Back? The Evolution of Russian Political Thought After 1991 (Rome: Reset, 2016), and State and Political Discourse in Russia (Rome: Reset, 2017). Currently, he works on a book about the crisis of the Soviet periphery during the “Uzbek cotton affair” (1975-1991).

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

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eBook $89.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Dimensions and Challenges of Russian Liberalism
Book Subtitle
Historical Drama and New Prospects
Editors
  • Riccardo Mario Cucciolla
Series Title
Philosophy and Politics - Critical Explorations
Series Volume
8
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-05784-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-05784-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-05665-0
Series ISSN
2352-8370
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XLIV, 228
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations
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