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Young Russia
Abbott Gleason
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Young Russia

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  7 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
19th-century Russian radicals have long held interest for historians. Partly this is because of the Russian Revolution of 1917 & the search for its origins, but mostly it is because of the intellectual vigor of the radicals themselves. Gleason (History, Brown) focuses on the transition period between radicals whose commitment was to revolutionizing--or being revolution ...more
Paperback, 437 pages
Published April 1st 1983 by University of Chicago Press (Chicago) (first published January 14th 1980)
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Vanya Ztahelskij
This book is seriously phenomenal. Outside of being -by far- the most in depth account of the early Russian radicals, the narration style is entertaining and sympathetic. Gleason doesn't try to hide his ideological leanings behind some illusory veil of objectivity, but also does a wonderful job of presenting the debates within their historical contexts. Anachronistic and politically volatile accounts like Hingley's take the cake for vulgarity, though Venturi's excellent work still has a slant th ...more
Erik Graff
Sep 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Russia fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: history
During the first two years at Grinnell College I deemed myself a Russian history major. Gregory Guroff's two-semester course on the subject and the rise of other interests during a year out of school as a draft evader disabused me of the notion, but the interest in the subject remained and I picked up books on the subject over the years, reading one now and again.

My favorite period in Russian history was that just before the revolution of 1917. A time of great intellectual ferment, the anguish a
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