By Richard Stites

The progressive beliefs of equality, communal residing, proletarian morality, and know-how worship, rooted in Russian utopianism, generated a variety of social experiments which discovered expression, within the first decade of the Russian revolution, in pageant, image, technological know-how fiction, urban making plans, and the humanities. during this research, historian Richard Stites bargains a shiny portrayal of innovative existence and the cultural factors--myth, ritual, cult, and symbol--that sustained it, and describes the important kinds of utopian considering and experimental impulse. interpreting the inevitable conflict among the authoritarian components within the Bolshevik's imaginative and prescient and the libertarian habit and aspirations of enormous segments of the inhabitants, Stites translates the pathos of utopian fable because the key to the emotional strength of the Bolshevik revolution which gave manner within the early Nineteen Thirties to bureaucratic country centralism and a theology of Stalinism.

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