By Susan K. Morrissey
Analyzing Russian innovative tradition via its tales, writer Susan Morrissey examines how the search for awareness advanced right into a master-plot of scholar radicalism. in line with interdisciplinary resources and large learn in Russian data, this learn throws new gentle at the dynamics of political and cultural swap in overdue Imperial Russia and poses provocative questions about either the pre-revolutionary antecedents and the founding myths of the Soviet Union. This paintings will entice historians of Russia and the Soviet Union, in addition to experts in Slavic tradition and literature.
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Vera Pavlovna ultimately chooses to study medicine as the best path for her personal development. The connection was more than incidental. " A second arena appeared in the university and the emerging student subcultures. 15 Upon his succession, Aleksandr II lifted many of the harsh restrictions placed on the universities by his predecessor. With the obligatory uniforms and military discipline abolished outright, curricular reforms heralded a new freedom in the thematic content and reading lists of academic courses.
But censorship left much undecided: All the hopes of our young fiery heart, passionately searching for truth, were placed on the university, which seemed to us—youth who still hadn't grasped all the secrets of the autocratic regime—the well of knowledge and the repository of truth; [the university] would resolve all the questions troubling us, explain everything dark and incomprehensible, provide us with the desired knowledge, and teach [us] conscious participation in social life. But this all turned out to be a dream.
Petersburg bringing illegal literature and organizing contacts with workers, and who ultimately dies young and tragically. " She also recalls the "spiritual purity" of a fellow woman student from a poor background who struggled to get to Petersburg to receive an education but was arrested and exiled for leading an illegal workers' circle. After her father's death and despite her tremendous thirst for knowledge, the woman accepted a low-paying job in order to support her mother and orphaned nephew.
Heralds of Revolution: Russian Students and the Mythologies of Radicalism by Susan K. Morrissey