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The Russian Intelligentsia: From Torment to Silence (Paperback)
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The Russian Intelligentsia: From Torment to Silence (Paperback)

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Vladimir C. Nahirny's brilliant study of major issues in Russian social and intellectual history synthesizes historical and sociological perspectives in an analysis of the nineteenth century Russian intelligentsia. He clarifies the concept of the intelligentsia itself, analyzes findings bearing on the social origins of different generations of intelligentsia, and enlarges understanding of conditions that facilitated the emergence of ideological groups among them. The Russian Intelligentsia develops a conceptually focused view of this distinct social group, arguing that the Russian intelligentsia can best be understood on the basis of orientation to ideas rather than on social or occupational position.

Rather than simply providing an intellectual history or biographical sketches of major figures, Nahirny illuminates these concepts through data, creating an immersive context unlike other discussions of these groups. This book was, and will be, of interest to those interested in the problematic and contradictory social-political roles of intellectuals during this time.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
ISBN: 9781412865326
Number of pages: 172
Weight: 331 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"The excellent study here reviewed should be required reading not only for those interested in Russian intellectual history, but for everybody who wants to better understand what has been happening to intellectuals in our times. . . . [This] is first and foremost a case study of the social and political roles and attitudes of the nineteenth-century Russian intelligentsia. The author has collected much illuminating data on the social origins of these people, creating a rich sociological context often lacking in other discussions of the same groups. . . . This compact and lucid volume renders a great service to all those seeking to understand the problematic and contradictory social-political roles of intellectuals in recent history."

--Paul Hollander, Contemporary Sociology

"Beautifully and skillfully written... a first-rate contribution. Mr. Nahirny brilliantly sketches three different 'formations' of intellectuals."

--Daniel Bell, Harvard University

"Fresh and original, perceptive and intelligent.... [The analysis of] the emergence of the new type of intellectual who put conviction above friendship is quite brilliant.... The kind of book I would gladly assign in my course on Russian Imperial history."

--Richard Pipes, Harvard University

"An exceptional book. The fundamental theme represents a marked inno-vation in the study of the Russian intelligentsia of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries."

--Edward A. Shils, University of Chicago


-The excellent study here reviewed should be required reading not only for those interested in Russian intellectual history, but for everybody who wants to better understand what has been happening to intellectuals in our times. . . . [This] is first and foremost a case study of the social and political roles and attitudes of the nineteenth-century Russian intelligentsia. The author has collected much illuminating data on the social origins of these people, creating a rich sociological context often lacking in other discussions of the same groups. . . . This compact and lucid volume renders a great service to all those seeking to understand the problematic and contradictory social-political roles of intellectuals in recent history.-

--Paul Hollander, Contemporary Sociology

-Beautifully and skillfully written... a first-rate contribution. Mr. Nahirny brilliantly sketches three different 'formations' of intellectuals.-

--Daniel Bell, Harvard University

-Fresh and original, perceptive and intelligent.... [The analysis of] the emergence of the new type of intellectual who put conviction above friendship is quite brilliant.... The kind of book I would gladly assign in my course on Russian Imperial history.-

--Richard Pipes, Harvard University

-An exceptional book. The fundamental theme represents a marked inno-vation in the study of the Russian intelligentsia of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.-

--Edward A. Shils, University of Chicago

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