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The Play of Ideas in Russian Enlightenment Theater
Elise Kimerling Wirtschafter
"A work of meticulous scholarship.... Readers will attain a rare sense of emotional and moral engagement in the Russian society of the era."
"A wonderfully conceived work of cultural history, well researched in its chosen primary sources, well structured, and well written."—James Cracraft, University of Illinois at Chicago
"A path-breaking and fascinating book from a prolific scholar."—Christine D. Worobec, author of Possessed
How did enlightened Russians of the eighteenth century understand society? And how did they reconcile their professed ideals of equality and justice with the authoritarian political structures in which they lived? Historian Elise Wirtschafter turns to literary plays to reconstruct the social thinking of the past and to discover how Enlightenment Russians understood themselves.
(2003) 311 pp.
Elise Kimerling Wirtschafter is Professor of History at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. The recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship in 1998, she is the author of numerous articles and several books, including most recently Social Identity in Imperial Russia.
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