Renovating Russia in the TLS

Renovating Russia: The Human Sciences and the Fate of Liberal Modernity, 1880–1930 by Daniel Beer is reviewed in the February 6, 2009, issue of the TLS. Vera Tolz writes:

“Beer offers a wealth of new material on the pre-revolutionary roots of the intellectual apparatus used by the Bolsheviks to make sense of their society. The book offers a convincing case in favor of seeing the Soviet modernization project, not as a deviation from European modernity, but as ‘a legitimate offspring of the modern spirit,’ as Zygmunt Bauman has put it. The book also effectively challenges a common perception that the biological paradigm for understanding social issues was completely marginal to the Russian intellectual tradition. . . . Daniel Beer succeeds in offering an unexpected perspective on Russian and pan-European influences on Soviet socialism.”

Renovating Russia in the TLS