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by Daniel Beer

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Author: Daniel Beer
ISBN: 0801446279
ISBN13: 978-0801446276
Language: English
Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (June 4, 2008)
Pages: 248
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Renovating Russia is a richly comparative investigationof late Imperial and early Soviet . Renovating Russia thus offers a powerful revisionist challenge to established views of the fate of liberalism in the Russian Revolution. eISBN: 978-0-8014-6847-6.

Renovating Russia thus offers a powerful revisionist challenge to established views of the fate of liberalism in the Russian Revolution.

Scholars of the human sciences have explored Western European theories of degeneration at length. Daniel Beer now aims a spotlight at the comparable discourse in Russia and the early Soviet Union. Beer extends his analysis well beyond the realm of science

Scholars of the human sciences have explored Western European theories of degeneration at length. Beer extends his analysis well beyond the realm of science. Theories of degeneration and deviance, rooted in the pre- revolutionary tradition and infused with Marxism in the 1920s, came to serve, he argues, as a condition of possibility, (204) an enabling factor facilitating Stalinist repression.

Renovating Russia examines the arc of the human sciences-psychology, criminology, biopsychology―from the 1880s . Beer's provocative argument is that the fate of Russia's liberal 'laboratory of modernity' was not one of extinction but of profound influence on its totalitarian heir.

Renovating Russia examines the arc of the human sciences-psychology, criminology, biopsychology―from the 1880s into the early Soviet period. In tracing the trajectory of these disciplines, he demonstrates how they framed broader public discussions about the dilemmas and problems facing Russia and its passage to modernity. -Michael David-Fox, University of Maryland, author of Revolution of the Mind.

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756 B O O K R EV I EW S Renovating Russia: The Human Sciences and . As Beer himself notes, the social sciences offer the potential for certain kinds of abuses; but they do not make them inevitable

756 B O O K R EV I EW S Renovating Russia: The Human Sciences and the Fate of Liberal Modernity, 1880–1930, by Daniel Beer (Ithaca: Cornell . 2008; pp. 229. £2. 5). Following theorists of coercive modernity such as Michel Foucault and Zygmunt Bauman, and historians in the Russian field such as Peter Holquist, Yanni Kotsonis, and David L. Hoffmann, Beer offers imperial Russia as a case-study of the way in which modern states utilise the social sciences to shape and control society. As Beer himself notes, the social sciences offer the potential for certain kinds of abuses; but they do not make them inevitable. Where is the argument, then?

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Renovating Russia is a richly comparative investigation of late Imperial and early Soviet medico-scientific theories of moral and social disorder. Daniel Beer argues that in the late Imperial years liberal psychiatrists, psychologists, and criminologists grappled with an intractable dilemma. They sought to renovate Russia, to forge a modern enlightened society governed by the rule of law, but they feared the backwardness, irrationality, and violent potential of the Russian masses. Situating their studies of degeneration, crime, mental illness, and crowd psychology in a pan-European context, Beer shows how liberals' fears of societal catastrophe were only heightened by the effects of industrial modernization and the rise of mass politics. In the wake of the orgy of violence that swept the Empire in the 1905 Revolution, these intellectual elites increasingly put their faith in coercive programs of scientific social engineering.

Their theories survived liberalism's political defeat in 1917 and meshed with the Bolsheviks' radical project for social transformation. They came to sanction the application of violent transformative measures against entire classes, culminating in the waves of state repression that accompanied forced industrialization and collectivization. Renovating Russia thus offers a powerful revisionist challenge to established views of the fate of liberalism in the Russian Revolution.

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