Dilemmas of Progress in Tsarist Russia: Legal Marxism and Legal Populism

Dilemmas of Progress in Tsarist Russia: Legal Marxism and Legal Populism

Dilemmas of Progress in Tsarist Russia: Legal Marxism and Legal Populism

Dilemmas of Progress in Tsarist Russia: Legal Marxism and Legal Populism

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In this brief prefatory note, I should like to acknowledge my gratitude to those who have helped to make this study possible. My greatest debt is to my teachers at Roosevelt College and Harvard University. Professor Walter Weisskopf, through his passionate interest in all things of the mind and spirit, inspired many of the germinal ideas--and ideals--of this work; Professor Richard Hooker fostered a deep respect for the historian's craft by his persistent stress on high standards and his equally constant encouragement; and Professor Agnes Jacques, through her enthusiastic and devoted teaching, stimulated a lasting fascination with Russian culture and provided the language tools necessary for its study.

At Harvard University, the late Professor Michael Karpovich, Professor Robert L. Wolff, Professor Alexander Gerschenkron, and others of the Harvard faculty associated with the Soviet Union program provided the basic knowledge in Russian and Soviet affairs and stimulated the specialized interests from which this study directly results. To Professors Karpovich and Wolff additional thanks are due for their close critical reading of the manuscript at several stages. Extremely valuable suggestions and criticisms were also offered by Professor Richard Pipes of Harvard University, by Professor Nicholas Riasanovsky of the University of California and his father, Alexander Riasanovsky, and by my colleagues at the State University of Iowa, Professors Charles Gibson, Alan Spitzer, Lawrence McCaffery, William Aydelotte, and Frank Gilliam. To all of them, my thanks.

The generous scholarship and fellowship grants by the Fulbright Committee and, above all, by the Russian Research Center of Harvard University provided the research time and travel facilities without which this work could not have been written. To Mrs. Shirley Lane and Miss Leona Amelon, who typed the manuscript and who suffered stoically the unintelligible scribblings: and endless rewritings, both thanks and apologies are due. I would also like to thank Joyce Lebowitz of Harvard University Press for her fine editing of the . . .

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