The Russian Revolution of 1917 has often been presented as a complete break with the past, with everything which had gone before swept away, and all aspects of politics, economy, and society reformed and made new. Recently, however, historians have increasingly come to question this view, discovering that Tsarist Russia was much more entangled in the processes of modernisation, and that the new regime contained much more continuity than has previously been acknowledged. This book presents new research findings on a range of different aspects of Russian society, both showing how there was much change before 1917, and much continuity afterwards; and also going beyond this to show that the new Soviet regime established in the 1920s, with its vision of the New Soviet Person, was in fact based on a complicated mixture of new Soviet thinking and ideas developed before 1917 by a variety of non-Bolshevik movements.
Crossing the Divide: Tradition, Rupture, and Modernity in Revolutionary Russia
Andy Willimott and Matthias Neumann
Part I – The New State, The Past, and the People
1. The Problem of Persistence, J. Arch Getty
2. How Revolutionary was Revolutionary Justice? Legal Culture in Russia across the Revolutionary Divide, Matthew Rendle
3. Taking a Leap across the Tsarist Throne: Revolutionizing the Russian Circus, Miriam Neirick
4. The Communist Youth League and the Construction of Soviet obshchestvennost, Matthias Neumann
Part II – The People, the Past, and the New State
5. For the People: The Image of Ukrainian Teachers as Public Servants, Matthew Pauly
6. The Woman of Orient is not the Voiceless Slave Anymore – the Non-Russian Women of Volga-Ural Region and ‘Woman’s Question, Yulia Gradskova
7. Devotion and Revolution: Nursing Values, Susan Grant
8. What did Historians do at the Time of the Great Revolution? Vera Kaplan
9. Speaking more than Bolshevik: Pre-Revolutionary Paradigms in Citizens’ Humour of the 1930s, Jonathan Waterlow
Epilogue: The Russian Tradition? Discourse of Tradition and Modernity, Peter Waldron
This series is published on behalf of BASEES (the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies). The series comprises original, high-quality, research-level work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of Russian, Soviet, post-Soviet and East European Studies in humanities and social science subjects.