Russian Conservatism and Its Critics
A Study in Political Culture annotated edition
By (author) Richard Pipes
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Russian Conservatism and Its Critics by Richard Pipes
Book DescriptionRussian Conservatism and Its Critics provides the first account of Russia's immemorial commitment to the theory and practice of autocracy, the most formative and powerful idea in Russia's political history. Richard Pipes considers why Russian thinkers, statesmen, and publicists have historically always argued that Russia could prosper only under an autocratic regime. Beginning with an insightful study of the origins of Russian statehood in the Middle Ages, when the state grew out of the princely domain but was not distinguished from it, Russian Conservatism and Its Critics includes a masterful survey of Russia's major conservative thinkers and demonstrates how conservatism is the dominant intellectual legacy of Russia. Pipes examines the geographical, historical, political, military, and social realities of the Russian empire--fundamentally unchanged by the Revolution of 1917--that have traditionally convinced its rulers and opinion leaders that decentralizing political authority would inevitably result in the country's disintegration. Pipes has written a brilliant thesis and analysis of a hitherto overlooked aspect of the Russian intellectual tradition that continues to have significance to this day.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300122695
(234mm x 156mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 6-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Richard Pipes
State and Revolution, Paperback (March 2009)
"The State and Revolution" describes the role that the state plays in society along with the necessity of proletarian revolution. It is regarded as one of Lenin's most important works and much of it forms the basis for today's Marxist thought. This book includes an essay that offers a skeptical critique of the author's arguments and assertions.
VIXI, Paperback (December 2005)
An eminent historian of Russia, Harvard professor, and adviser to the Reagan White House looks back on his own life and on the tumultuous twentieth century.
Degaev Affair, Paperback (May 2005)
The well-known historian Pipes uses previously unexplored Russian archives to draw a brilliant psychological, political, and sociological portrait of Degaev--a committed terrorist in Russia and an admired professor in America. 18 illustrations.
Unknown Lenin, Paperback (June 1999)» View all books by Richard Pipes
Lenin the man has become part myth arising from the tumult of the Russian Revolution and part image controlled by leaders of the Soviet Union. This work seeks to correct that myth and revise that image, and contains long-concealed documents from the Russian archives.
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Author Biography - Richard Pipes
Richard Pipes is Baird Professor of History Emeritus, Harvard University.
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