By Derek Offord, William Leatherbarrow
The background of rules has performed a principal function in Russia's political and social historical past. realizing its highbrow culture and how the intelligentsia have formed the country is essential to knowing the Russia of this day. This new background examines very important highbrow and cultural currents (the Enlightenment, nationalism, nihilism, and non secular revival) and key subject matters (conceptions of the West and East, the typical humans, and attitudes to capitalism and usual technology) in Russian highbrow heritage. targeting the Golden Age of Russian concept within the mid 19th century, the individuals additionally glance again to its eighteenth-century origins within the flowering of tradition following the reign of Peter the nice, and ahead to the continued power of Russia's classical highbrow culture within the Soviet and post-Soviet eras. With short biographical info of over fifty key thinkers and an in depth bibliography, this booklet presents a clean, complete assessment of Russian highbrow historical past.
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What had once been the Main Censorship Administration now became the softer-sounding Main Press Administration (Glavnoe upravlenie po delam pechati). Editors, however, could still be notiﬁed by the authorities that their newspapers were running the risk of being shut down (three warnings led to closure), and books could still be prosecuted after publication. 16 The Provisional Government abolished censorship altogether in April 1917, but in October the Bolsheviks made clear where they stood on the subject when they closed down opposition newspapers within two days of taking power.
It might be expected that the translation of Marxism into the oﬃcial ideology of the Soviet state would have brought about the end of such debates, along with the suppression of non-Marxist thought and the diminution of the intellectual heritage. To a certain extent this is indeed what happened, but the essay by Galin Tihanov demonstrates that the interaction of Marxist ideology with Russian intellectual life was by no means straightforward. His treatment of how Soviet Marxism responded to classical Russian thought and how the latter survived and was modiﬁed during the Soviet period, both in the Soviet Union and in émigré communities in the West, is one that is alert to nuances and transitions.
In 1722 he made civil, military or court service obligatory and assigned all positions in these three branches of service a place on a new fourteen-point ‘Table of Ranks’. Because the bottom six of the fourteen points conferred personal and the top eight hereditary nobility, the new system combined the stick and the carrot. Whether the rewards that Peter’s system oﬀered were suﬃciently attractive to oﬀset the compulsion it entailed has been a matter of debate. When the tsar’s grandson, Peter III, relieved nobles of the obligation to serve the state in 1762, many of them retired to their estates to enjoy what has been called ‘the golden age of the Russian nobility’ (the period between 1762 and the abolition of serfdom in 1861).