Comrade Kerensky (Hardback)Kolonitskii (author)
In this major new study of the Russian leadership cult, Boris Kolonitskii uses the figure of Kerensky to show how popular engagement with the idea of the leader became a key component of a cultural re-imagining of the political landscape after the fall of the monarchy. A parallel revolution was taking place on the level of creating a resonant political vocabulary where one had not existed before, and it was in the shared exercise of bestowing and dissolving authority that a politicised way of seeing began to emerge. Kolonitskii plots the unfurling of this symbolic revolution by examining the tapestry of images woven by Kerensky and those around him, and, in so doing, exposes his vital role in the development of nascent Soviet political culture.
This highly original portrait of a revolutionary sheds new light on the cult of Kerensky that developed around this charismatic leader during the months following the overthrow of the tsar. It will be of value to students and scholars of Russian history and to those interested in political culture.
Publisher: Polity Press
Number of pages: 450
Weight: 778 g
Dimensions: 245 x 149 x 37 mm
Jay Winter, Charles J. Stille Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University
"Neither Tsar nor Bolshevik, Alexander Kerensky has tended to fall into a black hole of Russian history. Even his government in 1917 was called provisional. A major historian, Boris Kolonitskii, has now filled that gap not with a standard biography, but with something much more ambitious. This is a study that uses multiple sources and a range of disciplines to explore and explain the cult of a leader."
Sir Hew Strachan, Professor of International Relations at the University of St. Andrews
"Boris Kolonitskii has done more than any other scholar to explore the political culture of the Russian Revolution of 1917. Here, in sparkling detail, he reveals the democratic hopes, ideas and illusions that attached themselves to the propaganda image of Alexander Kerensky, the 'first love of the Revolution', whose dramatic rise and fall from grace personified the Revolution's destiny. This is the work of a master scholar which demands to be widely read."
Orlando Figes, author of A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution 1891-1924
"Comrade Kerensky is a valuable addition to the vast literature on the Russian revolution."
"important and engaging"
The Russian Review
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