Renovating Russia

    Renovating Russia

    The Human Sciences and the Fate of Liberal Modernity, 1880-1930

    Daniel Beer

    Cornell University Press 2008

    Hardback 229pp

    9780801446276   Product Code: 91468

    In this comparative study of late Imperial and early Soviet theories of moral and social disorder, Daniel Beer argues that in Tsarist Russia liberal psychiatrists, psychologists and criminologists had sought to create a new, enlightened society, but feared the irrationality and violent potential of the masses. Radically revising received ideas on the fate of liberalism in the Russian Revolution, Beer shows how those theories survived and, taken up by the Bolsheviks, played a key role in shaping Soviet social policies.

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