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Critical Political Theory and Radical Practice

The Russian Revolution as Ideal and Practice

Failures, Legacies, and the Future of Revolution

Editors: Telios, Thomas, Thomä, Dieter, Schmid, Ulrich (Eds.)

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  • Analyzes the different representations and retellings that the Russian Revolution underwent through its turbulent history and aftermath
  • Interprets how the Russian Revolution can spur a rethinking of the idea of revolution
  • Provides insight into the content and form of future revolution(s) from the legacy of the Russian revolution
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This volume aims to commemorate, criticize, scrutinize and assess the undoubted significance of the Russian Revolution both retrospectively and prospectively in three parts. Part I consists of a palimpsest of the different representations that the Russian Revolution underwent through its turbulent history, going back to its actors, agents, theorists and propagandists to consider whether it is at all possible to revisit the Russian Revolution as an event. With this problematic as a backbone, the chapters of this section scrutinize the ambivalences of revolution in four distinctive phenomena (sexual morality, religion, law and forms of life) that pertain to the revolution’s historicity. Part II concentrates on how the revolution was retold in the aftermath of its accomplishment not only by its sympathizers but also its opponents. These chapters not only bring to light the ways in which the revolution triggered critical theorists to pave new paths of radical thinking that were conceived as methods to overcome the revolution’s failures and impasses, but also how the Revolution was subverted in order to inspire reactionary politics and legitimize conservative theoretical undertakings. Even commemorating the Russian Revolution, then, still poses a threat to every well-established political order. In Part III, this volume interprets how the Russian Revolution can spur a rethinking of the idea of revolution. Acknowledging the suffocating burden that the notion of revolution as such entails, the final chapters of this book ultimately address the content and form of future revolution(s). It is therein, in such critical political thought and such radical form of action, where the Russian Revolution’s legacy ought to be sought and can still be found. 

About the authors

Thomas Telios is Lecturer of Philosophy at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Dieter Thomä is Professor of Philosophy at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Ulrich Schmid is Professor of Russian Studies at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.


Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

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eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-14237-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-14236-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Russian Revolution as Ideal and Practice
Book Subtitle
Failures, Legacies, and the Future of Revolution
Editors
  • Thomas Telios
  • Dieter Thomä
  • Ulrich Schmid
Series Title
Critical Political Theory and Radical Practice
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-14237-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-14237-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-14236-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 308
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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