Russia's Century of Revolutions
Parties, People, Places. Studies Presented in Honor of Alexander Rabinowitch
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Slavica Publishers
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Alexander Rabinowitch: Mensch and Mentor
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I was recently talking to my student, Francesca Chaboya, who was writing a historiographical essay on the different interpretations of the Revolutions of 1917. While we were debating the merits of Alex Rabinowitch’s interpretation versus those of Richard Pipes’s, I interrupted Francesca briefly to tell her that...
Alexander Rabinowitch Rewrites the Russian Revolution
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Alexander Rabinowitch has done more to rewrite the history of the Russian Revolution than any other historian, as testified to by his three aptly named studies of the Bolsheviks in Petrograd during 1917–18: Prelude to Revolution, The Bolsheviks Come to Power, and The Bolsheviks in Power.1 Nothing better illustrates his exalted status among historians of the Russian Revolution than his...
The Trial of Mendel Beilis: The Sources of "Blood Libel" in Late Imperial Russia
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On the morning of Sunday, 20 March 1911 (old-style), a group of children playing in the caves that dotted the Lukianovka district of Kiev, a hilly suburb that overlooked the city, made a gruesome finding. They stumbled upon the body of a half-‐‑dressed young boy who had been propped up against the cave’s wall in a sitting position. His clothes, both those he was wearing and...
The Bolshevik Wonder-Intellectual Relationship: Aleksandr Shliapnikov and Vladimir Lenin, 1914-1916
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Early twentieth-‐‑century Russian revolutionaries of Marxist persuasion identified themselves as either intellectuals (intelligenty)1 or workers (rabochie). Intellectuals included journalists, lawyers, or students, while workers engaged in skilled or unskilled manual labor. Further, revolutionaries distinguished themselves as either theorists (teoretiki) or rank-and-file activists...
The Hammer and the Sickle: Lenin, the Left Socialist Revolutionaries, and Soviet Russia's First Land Laws, October 1917-February 1918
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During the months after the October Revolution, local revolutionary organizations confiscated vast tracts of noble, state, and other lands. Throughout 1918 and 1919, most of this land passed into peasant hands. The revolution had set in motion the age-‐‑old peasant dream, the Great Land Redivision...
Icon of the Revolution: The Putilov Factory and the Dynamics of the Bolshevik Master Fiction
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In the past two decades, historians of Russia have begun to pay greater attention to the symbolic sources of power and legitimacy in the early years of Bolshevik rule. In his study of the Civil War in Saratov, for example, Donald J. Raleigh has argued that the Bolsheviks attempted to “remake the world according to their ideological visions,” and symbols played an essential role in...
"You Can Kill Me … but I Shall Die Standing": Mariia Spiridonova's Letter to the NKVD, 1937
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Mariia Aleksandrovna Spiridonova, Socialist Revolutionary (SR) terrorist in the Revolution of 1905–07 and Left SR leader in the October Revolution of 1917, made political choices that led to her imprisonment or exile by various Russian regimes for the greater part of her adult life. In 1906, the tsarist government deported her to an eastern Siberian penal complex for assassinating a...
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Contending with Stalin: Smolny's Policy Differences with the Kremlin during the Darkest Days of the Leningrad Blockade
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Alexander Rabinowitch’s pioneering research has highlighted the profound political differences that existed among Bolshevik leaders during the 1917 Revolution.1 Publication of The Bolsheviks Come to Power shattered the myth that the Bolshevik Central Committee followed Vladimir Lenin’s direction in lock-‐‑step conformity. Indeed, divergent views among the Bolshevik elite and...
Revolution as Lived Experience: Soviet Baby Boomers, M.S. Gorbachev, and Perestroika
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The attempt by Mikhail Sergeevich Gorbachev between 1985 and 1991 to reconfigure the Stalinist economic model and to democratize and thereby reinvent the Soviet system—perestroika, or restructuring—represented Russia’s last revolution of the twentieth century. Gennadii Ivanov, a retired police investigator from the city of Saratov, reminded me of a joke circulating at the...
The Brief Post-Soviet Life of the Soviet Graffiti Argot
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The graffiti argot that Moscow football fan gangs (soccer gangs in America) created in the late 1970s and early 1980s fit the cultural moment. Its central grammatical rule—English to exalt, Russian to denigrate—expressed both the deep hold that Western popular culture had on the Soviet imagination and the disinterest in, even aversion to, all things Soviet. By the late 1970s Soviet...
A Usable Past: Soviet Film and Post-Soviet Cultural Memory on the Russian-Language Internet
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In Russia, ever since the internet has become pervasive, remembering and making sense of history have become everyday preoccupations outside the ambit of official record-‐‑keeping. This essay explores the contemporary cultural memory of Soviet cinema in the new digital heritage sites and spaces of the Russian-‐‑language internet or Runet. Here individual and public memory...
Revolutions in Revolutionary Song: Continuity and Change in the Use of Song, 1917-2007
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When one thinks of the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, one automatically recalls the high status that the party placed on its own image and propaganda. Talented at comprehending, mobilizing, and capitalizing on popular desires and dreams, the Bolsheviks used everything from slogans to so-called agitational trains replete with poster art, orators, and films to bring messages,...
Bibliography of Works by Alexander Rabinowitch
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Publication Year: 2012