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Russian populism and its relations with anarchism 1870-1881

Gamblin, Graham John (2000)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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In both Soviet and Western historiography, Russian populism (narodnichestvo) has been studied more or less in isolation from the broader socialist movement in Europe. The aim of this thesis is to show that although it undoubtedly possessed characteristics peculiar to Russia, the populist movement should be understood as part of the Europe-wide revolutionary movement. To accomplish this, the thesis is structured around chapters discussing individuals who were involved in both the Russian revolutionary movement and the European anarchist movement, with which populism shared many ideas, ideologies tactics and internal disputes. These individuals are Mikhail Bakunin, Zemfirii Ralli and Petr Kropotkin. Around these chapters are studies of groups or movements connected with those individuals in Russia or Europe. Central themes include consistency, or the social groups which the revolutionaries hoped to address; organisational forms adopted by anarchists and populists; tactics to be used to rouse their constituencies to action and to organise and achieve revolution; relations of the revolutionaries to the masses; the differing concepts of political and social/economic revolution; and the rise of terrorism in both movements.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Perrie, Maureen (1946-)
School/Faculty:Schools (1998 to 2008) > School of Social Science
Department:Centre for Russian and East European Studies
Keywords:Populism, narodnichestvo, anarchism, terrorism, revolution
Subjects:DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
JA Political science (General)
Institution:University of Birmingham
Library Catalogue:Check for printed version of this thesis
ID Code:1401
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