By James O'Connor

Sandwiched among the East and West, Russian intellectuals have for hundreds of years been divided geographically, politically, and culturally into exact teams: the Slavophiles, who rejected Western-style democracy, who prefer a extra holistic and summary imaginative and prescient, and the extra rational and scientific-minded Westernizers. those ideologies lower around the political spectrum of past due nineteenth-century Russia and competed for dominance within the country's highbrow lifestyles. the strain created among those opposing teams prompted the sensation that violent upheaval was once Russia's destiny. In flip, many started to imagine that Russia used to be in all probability following the trail of France and French-style revolution can be attainable on Russian soil. In The French Revolution in Russian highbrow Life, Dmitry Shlapentokh describes the function that the French democratic revolution performed in Russia's highbrow improvement by means of the tip of the 19th century.

The innovative upheaval in Russia first and foremost of 20th century and the continual growth of the West confident such a lot Russian intellectuals that the French Revolution in its democratic interpreting was once certainly the pathway of heritage. but the increase of totalitarian regimes and their growth proved the validity of the sober imaginative and prescient of nineteenth-century Russian intellectuals. a few conservative Russian intellectuals believed that not just could Russia look after its authoritarian regime however it might unfold this regime around the world. during this context, Shlapentokh argues the French Revolution with its democratic culture was once just a phenomenon of Western civilization and therefore transitory.

The flirtation with Western ideology, with its democratic polity and industry economic climate that within the wake of the cave in of the communist regime, culminated in an expanding push for company authoritarianism and nationalism. This paintings is helping clarify why Russia grew to become clear of democratic to autocratic stylesi?1

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