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Author Riga, Liliana, 1962- author

Title The Bolsheviks and the Russian Empire / Liliana Riga
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012
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Contents Part I. Identity and Empire -- 1. Reconceptualizing Bolshevism -- 2. Social identities and imperial rule -- Part II. Imperial Strategies and Routes to Radicalism in Contexts -- 3. The Jewish Bolsheviks -- 4. The Polish and Lithuanian Bolsheviks -- 5. The Ukranian Bolsheviks -- 6. The Latvian Bolsheviks -- 7. The South Caucasian Bolsheviks -- 8. The Russian Bolsheviks
Summary "This comparative historical sociology of the Bolshevik revolutionaries offers a reinterpretation of political radicalization in the last years of the Russian Empire. Finding that two-thirds of the Bolshevik leadership were ethnic minorities - Ukrainians, Latvians, Georgians, Jews and others - this book examines the shared experiences of assimilation and socioethnic exclusion that underlay their class universalism. It suggests that imperial policies toward the Empire's diversity radicalized class and ethnicity as intersectional experiences, creating an assimilated but excluded elite: lower-class Russians and middle-class minorities universalized particular exclusions as they disproportionately sustained the economic and political burdens of maintaining the multiethnic Russian Empire. The Bolsheviks' social identities and routes to revolutionary radicalism show especially how a class-universalist politics was appealing to those seeking secularism in response to religious tensions, a universalist politics where ethnic and geopolitical insecurities were exclusionary, and a tolerant 'imperial' imaginary where Russification and illiberal repressions were most keenly felt"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Assimilation (Sociology) -- Political aspects -- Soviet Union -- History.
Communism -- Soviet Union -- History.
Ethnicity -- Political aspects -- Soviet Union -- History.
Marginality, Social -- Political aspects -- Soviet Union -- History.
Minorities -- Political activity -- Soviet Union -- History.
Radicals -- Soviet Union -- History.
Revolutionaries -- Soviet Union -- History.
Social classes -- Soviet Union -- History.
Soviet Union -- Politics and government -- 1917-1936.
Soviet Union -- Social conditions -- 1917-1945.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
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