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The Counter-Revolution in Revolution - (Images of Thermidor and Napoleon at the Time of the Russian) by D Shlapentokh (Hardcover)

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Number of Pages: 183

Genre: History

Sub-Genre: Russia & the Former Soviet Union

Series Title: Images of Thermidor and Napoleon at the Time of the Russian

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan

Age Range: Adult

Author: D Shlapentokh

Language: English

Street Date: October 26, 1998
TCIN: 80961283
UPC: 9780333669143
Item Number (DPCI): 247-64-4285
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported


The collapse of the imperial regime excited Russian intellectuals of all political persuasions. Although eager to draw comparisons between pre-revolutionary Russia and revolutionary France, the political elite saw the outcome in their own country as vastly different to the events which had occurred in France. Looking to the past they tried to predict the future - how their revolution would end. As the political situation became more unstable, there was increasing fear of dictatorship and bloodshed. The perception of Napoleon as a victorious general changed; he was seen instead as a powerful man who had brought stability to France. Thus came the search for a Russian Napoleon - first in the form of Alexander Kerensky, and later General Lavr Kornilov. Neither man was a successful candidate. Shlapentokh examines one of the most dramatic periods in European history. Drawing comparisons between revolutionary Russia and France he provides an insightful and original analysis of such subjects as counter-revolution, terror and dictatorship.
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