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The Russian Revolution, Socialism, and the Modern Political Imagination

The Russian Revolution, Socialism, and the Modern Political Imagination

Room UL104, University Center
General Public 

Join the History Department for a lecture on The Russian Revolution, Socialism, and the Modern Political Imagination: The End of the Long Nineteenth Century and the Beginning of the Cold War with Adam E. Leeds - Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages at Columbia University.

In 1917, amid the devastation of the War To End All Wars, a small group of Marxist revolutionaries rode a wave of anti-war rebellion against the last absolutist regime in Europe to a successful revolution in the name of building a wholly new global society: socialism. During the interwar period, in response to the Revolution and the subsequent path of Soviet efforts to build socialism, the basic coordinates of modern political thought irrevocably changed. The early modern revival of ancient republican thought that had still animated both ninteenth century liberalism and socialism was finally exhausted and eclipsed. In its place arose a new hyperindividualistic and legalistic liberalism modeled on the market, on the one hand, and a state-centered technocratic socialism, on the other. The political imagination, instead of the opposition of tyranny and republic, became structure by that of state and market, inaugurating the Cold War era within which, to a large degree, we still live.

Adam E. Leeds is Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages at Columbia University. He is currently at work on a manuscript about economic theory, the intelligentsia, and the political imagination in the Soviet Union.

This lecture is sponsored by the Department of Historical Studies at Eugene Lang College and the New School for Social Research and The New School’s Centennial Celebration and run in conjunction with the Global 1919 Lecture Series.

This event is part of The New School's Centennial celebration. Learn more at newschool.edu/100 • #100YearsNew



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