[Reading] ➶ Renovating Russia The Human Sciences and the Fate of Liberal Modernity 1880 1930 Author Daniel Beer – Tbjewellers.co.uk Renovating Russia is a richly comparative investigation of late Imperial and early Soviet medico scientific theories of moral and social disorder Daniel Beer argues that in the late Imperial years lib Renovating Russia is a The Human PDF/EPUB ä richly comparative investigation of late Imperial and early Soviet medico scientific theories of moral and social disorder Daniel Beer argues that in the late Imperial years liberal psychiatrists psychologists and criminologists grappled with an intractable dilemma They sought to renovate Russia to forge a modern enlightened society governed by the rule of law but they feared the backwardness irrationality and violent potential of the Russian masses Situating their studies of degeneration crime mental illness and crowd psychology in a pan European context Beer shows how liberals' fears of societal catastrophe were only heightened by the effects of industrial modernization and the rise of mass politics In the wake of the orgy of violence that swept the Empire in the Revolution these intellectual elites increasingly put their faith in coercive programs of scientific social engineeringTheir theories survived liberalism's political defeat in Russia The Human PDF/EPUB À and meshed with the Bolsheviks' radical project for social transformation They came to sanction the application of violent transformative measures against entire classes culminating in the waves of state repression that accompanied forced industrialization and collectivization Renovating Russia thus offers a powerful revisionist challenge to established views of the fate of liberalism in the Russian Revolution Yanni Kotsonis New York University author of Making Peasants Backward Times Literary Supplement.
- 229 pages
- Renovating Russia The Human Sciences and the Fate of Liberal Modernity 1880 1930
- Daniel Beer
- 25 November 2015 Daniel Beer