Odense : University Press of Southern Denmark, 2003.
Book — 453 p. ; 26 cm.
Introduction-- The Revolution as a challenge to Christianity-- The responses of the Orthodox Church-- Responses of the Christian intelligentsia-- Berdyaev and his works 1917-1924-- Berdyaev's Analysis of the Revolution (I)-- Berdyaev's Analysis of the Revolution (II)-- The Christian Alternative to the Revolution-- Berdyaev's dilemmas of reaction.
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In the moral and spiritual vacuum left in Russia by the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989-91, some of the thinkers who first opposed the Leninist revolution of 1917 have come to a new prominence. Important among them is the religious philosopher Nikolai Berdyaev (1874-1948) who is now frequently cited as a source of inspiration in the attempt to overcome the disastrous legacy of the Soviet experiment and in the search for a new national identity. This book focuses particularly on his early post-revolutionary works, which express a passionate protest against the revolution. His was clearly the most comprehensive contemporary critique of the revolutionary project from a Christian perspective.Essential themes of Christian theology and social thought are brought out in a radical way suitable to a radical situation. From his consistently religious perspective he foresaw with precision much of the inhuman and tyrannical potential of the revolutionary project - later to be abundantly confirmed by the development of the Soviet regime. The dilemmas discerned in his response particularly relate to his call for spiritual resistance and to his expectation of a Christian alternative - an illustrative instance of the confrontation of Christianity with the modern world. The theological and philosophical investigation conducted in this book provides a new interpretation of Berdyaev's response in the light of its historical setting and with a view to its contemporary significance in the post-Soviet situation. (source: Nielsen Book Data) 9788778388070 20160527
Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1983.
Book — x, 347 p. ; 22 cm.
1. A profile of the Petrograd working class on the eve of 1917--
2. The tsarist factory--
3. The February revolution: a new dispensation in the factories--
4. The structure and functions of the factory committees--
5. Trade unions and the betterment of wages--
6. The theory and practice of workers' control of production--
7. Deepening economic chaos and the intensification of workers' control--
8. The social structure of the labour movement--
9. The October Revolution and the organisation of industry--
10. The economic crisis and the fate of workers' control: October
1917 to Junw 1918-- Conclusion-- Notes-- Bibliography-- Index.
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This book explores the impact of the 1917 Revolution on factory life in the Russian capital. It traces the attempts of workers to take control of their working lives from the February Revolution through to June 1918, when the Bolsheviks nationalised industry. Although not primarily concerned with the political developments of the Revolution, the book demonstrates that the sphere of industrial production was a crucial arena of political as well as economic conflict. Having discussed the structure and composition of the factory workforce in Petrograd prior to 1917 and the wages and conditions of workers under the old regime, Dr Smith shows how workers saw the overthrow of the autocracy as a signal to democratise factory life and to improve their lot. After examining the creation and activities of the factory committees, he analyses the relationship of different groups of workers to the new labour movement, and assesses the extent to which it functioned democratically. (source: Nielsen Book Data) 9780521247597 20160528