Contents

 
Khoros Vladimir
The Historical Optimism of Boris Mironov = [Text] / V.G. Khoros // Bylye Gody = . 2016. Vol. 41-1. 3-1. P. 848 856.
Publication Type:


ISSN 2073-9745

The article attempts to assess the contribution of B.N. Mironov's monograph “The Russian Empire: From Tradition to Modernity” to historiography. The author has reviewed other books by Mironov. While the reviewer's assessment is positive overall, a number of points defended by the author call for a rejoinder. The reviewer agrees with the main idea of the book: there was no permanent crisis and impoverishment of the working population in the history of imperial Russia in the 18th to the beginning of 20th centuries. On the contrary, there was some progress and achievements in terms of modernization. The revolutions in the beginning of the 20th century must be explained through other reasons. Credit undoubtedly belongs to Mironov for proof of this thesis. In such an approach, the Russian past appears more complicated and realistic than in many of the preceding investigations by Russian as well as by foreign scholars. An interesting feature of Mironov's approach is historical optimism, that is, an interpretation of Russian historical evolution as successful. However, sometimes this optimism seems excessive. Key observations are the following. First, overcoming one extreme (the permanent crisis in Russia), Mironov, to some extent, ends up at another extreme - an underestimation of those social and cultural problems in Russian society that stimulated the revolutionary climate. Second, there is an overestimation of the role of the intelligentsia as an agent of revolution, its characteristics are excessively negative, and there is an underestimation of the impulse to protest from below and the popular character of the Russian revolution of 1917. Third, despite a number of interesting ideas concerning the process of modernization in Russia, Mironov identifies this modernization with Westernization (“Europeanization”). But the author himself rightly demonstrates the difference between Russian and European civilizational values. This discrepancy become one of the reasons for the Russian Revolution. However, even these disagreements with Mironov's point of view attest to the creative character of his book and its great significance for our historical scholarship. 

Keywords: russian empire | modernization | russian revolution | europeanization | tradition and modernity | historical optimism | intelligentsia | european trajectory | construction of social reality | color revolutions |

Russian Science Citation Index



OTHER PUBLICATIONS ON THIS TOPIC

Salitskii Alexander
The Outward Expansion of China As a Result of Its Victorious Modernization [Text] / A. I. Salitsky // Herald of the Russian Academy of Sciences. 2018. Vol. 88. Issue 1. P. 104-110.

Semenenko Irina
[Book review] / I.S. Semenenko // Social Sciences. Quarterly Journal of the Russian Academy of Sciences. 2016. V. 47. 1. P. 137 142. Book review: V. Pantin, V. Lapkin. Historical Forecasting in the Twenty-first Century: the Kondratyev Cycles, Evolutionary Cycles and Prospects for World Development

Ryabov Andrei
The missed opportunity for a revolution of values / A.V. Ryabov // Russian Politics and Law. 2011. V. 49. - Issue 3. . 86-95.

Khokhlova Marina
Professional Employment as a Measure of Social Adaptation / Differences, Inequalities and Sociological Imagination: View from Russia. Papers of Russian Sociologists for the 12-th Conference of the European Sociological Association. Russian Society of Sociologists; Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences; ESA. Editor V.A.Mansurov. 2015. - P. 92-96

Kuznetsov Alexey
Relational locomotive or apple of discord? Bilateral perceptions of the economic cooperation [Text] / A. Deak, A. Kuznetsov // Journal of Contemporary European Studies. 2019. Vol. 27. Issue 2. P. 159-170. DOI: 10.1080/14782804.2019.1566118.

Avtonomov Vladimir
The Austrian school of economics in Russia: From criticism and rejection to absorption and adoption [Text] / V. Avtonomov, N. Makasheva // Russian Journal of Economics. 2018. Vol. 4. Issue 1. P. 31-43. DOI: 10.3897/j.ruje.4.26002.

Kuznetsov Alexey
Russian Multinationals FDI Outflows Geography: the Emerging Dominance of Greater Europe [Text] / A. V. Kuznetsov // European Researcher. 2014. Vol. 67 1-2 . P. 130 135.

Zagorskii Andrei
Neue deutsche Außenpolitik Russische Sichtweisen [Text] / A. Zagorski // Zeitschrift für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik. 2015. V. 8. Suppl. 1. S. 427 435.

Volodin Andrey
The Logic of Directed Development in Postcolonial India [Text] / A. G. Volodin // Herald of the Russian Academy of Sciences. 2018. Vol. 88. Issue 1. P. 96-103. DOI: 10.1134/S1019331618010069

Arbatova Nadezhda
The CIS Factor in Russia-West Relations: Origins of Conflict [Text] / N. Arbatova // Social Sciences. A Quarterly Journal of the Russian Academy of Sciences. 2019. Vol. 50. Issue 1. P. 38-53. DOI: 10.31857/S013454860005118-7.

Sergeev Pavel
European Union industrial policy and gas supply in the anti-russian sanctions strengthening

Mirkin Yakov , Kuznetsov Al., Kuznetsova O.
The rocky road to modernity: 20 years of the Russian capital market / O. Kuznetsova, A. Kuznetsov, Y.M. Mirkin // Thunderbird International Business Review. 2011. V. 53. - Issue 5. - . 661673.

Salitskii Alexander
Can We Talk about the Formation of a New Social System in China? [Text] / A. V. Vinogradov, A. I. Salitskii // Herald of the Russian Academy of Sciences. 2019. Vol. 89. Issue 1. P. 78-83. DOI: 10.1134/S1019331619010131

Simoniya Nodari
The European Union's energy security and Russia [Text] / N. Simoniya, A. Torkunov // Social Sciences. Quarterly Journal of the Russian Academy of Sciences. 2015. V. 46. Issue 2. . 78 89.

Voronov Konstantin
Perceptions of Russia in the european North: signs of the times / K. Voronov //Russian politics and law. 2010. V. 48. 6. P.35-50.

Sadovaya Elena
Social Challenges of the Digital Economy: Russia in a Global Context // Social Sciences : A Quarterly Journal of the Russian Academy of Sciences. 2021. Vol. 52, Issue 4. P. 35-48. DOI 10.21557/SSC.72349728.

Zagashvili Vladislav
Possible Consequences of Russias Accession to the WTO [Text] / V.S. Zagashvili // Russian Foreign Economic Journal = . English Supplement. 2013. 1(1). P. 21 27.

Kuznetsov Alexey
Foreign Investments of Russian Companies: Competition with West European and East Asian Multinationals [Text] / A.V. Kuznetsov // Herald of the Russian Academy of Sciences. 2016. Vol. 86. 2. P. 77 85.

Peregudov Sergey
The Russian Question in the Context of Ethnonational Relations in Russia [Text] / S. Peregudov // Social Sciences. Quaterly Journal of the Russian Academy of Sciences. 2013. V. 44. Issue 4. P. 56 68.

Gadzhiev Kamaludin
Reflections on the Features of the National Identity of Russia [Text] / K. Gadzhiev // Social Sciences. 2019. Vol. 8. Issue 3. P. 107-116. DOI: 10.11648/j.ss.20190803.16.
Related publications


Comments (0)

No comments

Add comment







First news
Institute News
17/07/2024

A meeting of the Academic council of IMEMO was hold at the Academician N.N. Inozemtsev conference hall.

more...

10/07/2024

The next issue of the MEMO Journal (No. 7 for 2024) opens with the topical rubric "Security Problems in the Modern World", which features articles by A. Arbatov "The Bearing Structure of Global Security" and A. Krivopalov "The Southern Flank of U.S. Deployment in Eastern Europe".

more...

Recently Published