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Liberal Ideas in Tsarist Russia

Liberal Ideas in Tsarist Russia
From Catherine the Great to the Russian Revolution

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  • Publication planned for: January 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108483735

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  • Liberalism is a critically important topic in the contemporary world as liberal values and institutions are in retreat in countries where they seemed relatively secure. Lucidly written and accessible, this book offers an important yet neglected Russian aspect to the history of political liberalism. Vanessa Rampton examines Russian engagement with liberal ideas during Russia's long nineteenth century, focusing on the high point of Russian liberalism from 1900 to 1914. It was then that a self-consciously liberal movement took shape, followed by the founding of the country's first liberal (Constitutional-Democratic or Kadet) party in 1905. For a brief, revelatory period, some Russians - an eclectic group of academics, politicians and public figures - drew on liberal ideas of Western origin to articulate a distinctively Russian liberal philosophy, shape their country's political landscape, and were themselves partly responsible for the tragic experience of 1905.

    • Adds an important yet neglected dimension to the history of political liberalism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
    • Places the Russian experience in a global context and makes it accessible to readers without specialist training
    • Contributes a valuable perspective at a time when nationalistic populist ideologies are resurgent
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    • Publication planned for: January 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108483735
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2020
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: conceptions of liberalism in Imperial Russia
    1. Inside out: freedom, rights and the idea of progress in nineteenth-century Russia
    2. Progress, contested: positivist and neo-idealist liberalism
    3. Freedom, differently: liberalism in 1905 and its aftermath
    4. Liberalism undone: the loss of cohesion on the eve of 1917
    5. Conversations with Western ideas I: conflict between values
    6. Conversations with Western ideas II: progress and freedom
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Vanessa Rampton, McGill University, Montréal
    Vanessa Rampton is a Branco Weiss Fellow in the Institute for Health and Social Policy and Department of Philosophy at McGill University, Montréal. Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich's Chair for Practical Philosophy. Trained as a historian of ideas, she has a long-standing interest in how empirical examples can challenge commonly held assumptions about ideologies.

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