Revolutionary Dreams: Utopian Vision and Experimental Life in the Russian Revolution

Paperback | December 1, 1994

byRichard Stites

not yet rated|write a review
The revolutionary ideals of equality, communal living, proletarian morality, and technology worship, rooted in Russian utopianism, generated a range of social experiments which found expression, in the first decade of the Russian revolution, in festival, symbol, science fiction, city planning,and the arts. In this study, historian Richard Stites offers a vivid portrayal of revolutionary life and the cultural factors--myth, ritual, cult, and symbol--that sustained it, and describes the principal forms of utopian thinking and experimental impulse. Analyzing the inevitable clash betweenthe authoritarian elements in the Bolshevik's vision and the libertarian behavior and aspirations of large segments of the population, Stites interprets the pathos of utopian fantasy as the key to the emotional force of the Bolshevik revolution which gave way in the early 1930s to bureaucratic statecentralism and a theology of Stalinism.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$73.95

Ships within 1-3 weeks
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

The revolutionary ideals of equality, communal living, proletarian morality, and technology worship, rooted in Russian utopianism, generated a range of social experiments which found expression, in the first decade of the Russian revolution, in festival, symbol, science fiction, city planning,and the arts. In this study, historian Rich...

Richard Stites is at Georgetown University.

other books by Richard Stites

Red Star: The First Bolshevik Utopia
Red Star: The First Bolshevik Utopia

Kobo ebook|Jun 22 1984

$13.89 online$17.99list price(save 22%)
Revolutionary Dreams: Utopian Vision and Experimental Life in the Russian Revolution
Revolutionary Dreams: Utopian Vision and Experimental L...

Kobo ebook|Nov 14 1991

$50.09 online$64.99list price(save 22%)
see all books by Richard Stites
Format:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 9.17 × 6.18 × 0.98 inPublished:December 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195055373

ISBN - 13:9780195055375

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of Revolutionary Dreams: Utopian Vision and Experimental Life in the Russian Revolution

Reviews

Extra Content

Editorial Reviews

"A comprehensive and sympathetic look at a long-gone age of revolutionary dreamers and utopia-builders."--SLOVO