This book embraces the political, intellectual, social and cultural history of Soviet Russia. Providing a useful perspective of Putin’s Russia, and with a strong historical and religious background, the book:
- looks at the changing features of the Soviet ideology from Lenin to Stalin, and the moral universe of Stalin's time
- explores the history of the moral thinking of the dissident intelligentsia
- examines the moral dimension of Soviet dissent amongst dissidents of both religious and secular persuasions, and includes biographical material
- explores the ethical assumptions of the perestroika era, firstly amongst Communist leaders, and then in the emerging democratic and national forces.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Russian Moral Traditions before 1917 3. Tension and Change in Revolutionary Ethics 4. Moral Experience under Stalin 5. The Rebirth of Conscience under Khrushchev 6. The Ethics of the Human Rights Movement 7. In Search of Inner Freedom 8. Dialogue and Division in the Dissident Movement 9. Conscience in Literature 10. Moral Aspects of In-System Dissent 11. The Ethics of the Party Reformers 12. Conscience and Repentance during Glasnost 13. The Democratic Movement and its Dilemmas 14. Conclusion