Kritika

Articles from Vol. 7, No. 4, Fall

Dreams of Terror: Dreams from Stalinist Russia as a Historical Source
Long recognized as a historical phenomenon, dreams may be of particular interest to historians of terror regimes. (1) In A History of Private Life, Alain Corbin wrote of a dramatic change in dream content after the French Revolution, when political...
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Dzherzhinskii and the Gerd Case: The Politics of Intercession and the Evolution of "Iron Felix" in NEP Russia
Unprotected by law, the civil rights of groups and individuals in 1920s Soviet Russia were at the mercy of tides of repression, whether those emanated from central campaigns or from local forces. In the personalistic order created by the Bolsheviks...
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Muscovite Judicial Duels as a Legal Fiction
The Sudebniki (law codes) of 1497 and 1550 contain numerous, prominently placed, and detailed provisions on judicial duels to resolve disputes between litigants concerning such things as assault, theft, and loans. The same codes mention trials where...
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Omeljan Pritsak (1919-2006)
Colleagues, collaborators, and former students throughout the world and in a vast number of related fields will have noted with profound regret and vivid recollection the passing on 29 May 2006 of Omeljan Pritsak, the Mykhailo S. Hrushevs'kyi Professor...
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The Imperial Turn
Since roughly 1991, the Russian field has undergone numerous changes. In fact, one should now say the Russian and Eurasian field, for among the most striking developments has been the explosive growth of studies on what might be called the imperial...
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Was the Intelligentsia Part of the Nation? Visions of Society in Post-Emancipation Russia
For remarks delivered at an event touted as a "holiday of the intelligentsia," Fedor Dostoevskii's celebrated oration on Aleksandr Pushkin in the summer of 1880 struck a rather odd note. (1) Slavophiles and Westernizers alike greeted Dostoevskii's...
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Was There an "Early Russian Liberalism"? Perspectives from Russian and Anglo-American Historiography
Nineteenth-century liberalism has traditionally occupied a prominent place in the study of Russian intellectual and political history. Presently there is an extensive historiography on Russian liberalism, but the specialist's attentive gaze will easily...
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