Language and Revolution
Making Modern Political Identities
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This work examines the role of language in forging the modern subject. Focusing on the idea of the "New Man" that has animated all revolutionaries, the present volume asks what it meant to define oneself in terms of one's class origins, gender, national belonging or racial origins.
Table of Contents
Introduction, Igal Halfin; liberty and unanimity - the paradoxes of subjectivity and citizenship in the French revolution, David Andress; the desacralization of the monarchy - rumours and political pornography during World War I, Boris Kolonitskii; making Cossacks counter-revolutionary - the Don Host and the 1918 anti-Soviet insurgency, Peter Holquist; modernity and the poetics of proletarian discontent, Mark D. Steinberg; working, struggling, becoming - Stalin-era autobiographical texts, Jochen Hellbeck; on being the subjects of history - Nazis as 20th-century revolutionaries, Peter Fritzsche; intimacy in an ideological key - the communist case of the 1920s and 1930s, Igal Halfin; Grigorii Aleksandrov's volga-volga, Katerina Clark.