The Russian Revolution as Ideal and Practice

Failures, Legacies, and the Future of Revolution

  • Thomas Telios
  • Dieter Thomä
  • Ulrich Schmid

Part of the Critical Political Theory and Radical Practice book series (CPTRP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Thomas Telios, Dieter Thomä, Ulrich Schmid
    Pages 1-17
  3. Reconsidering the Russian Revolution

  4. Retelling the Russian Revolution

  5. Reenabling Revolution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Geoffroy de Lagasnerie
      Pages 227-241
    3. Christoph Menke
      Pages 243-260
    4. Donatella della Porta
      Pages 261-281

About this book


This volume aims to commemorate, criticize, scrutinize and assess the undoubted significance of the Russian Revolution both retrospectively and prospectively in three parts. Part I consists of a palimpsest of the different representations that the Russian Revolution underwent through its turbulent history, going back to its actors, agents, theorists and propagandists to consider whether it is at all possible to revisit the Russian Revolution as an event. With this problematic as a backbone, the chapters of this section scrutinize the ambivalences of revolution in four distinctive phenomena (sexual morality, religion, law and forms of life) that pertain to the revolution’s historicity. Part II concentrates on how the revolution was retold in the aftermath of its accomplishment not only by its sympathizers but also its opponents. These chapters not only bring to light the ways in which the revolution triggered critical theorists to pave new paths of radical thinking that were conceived as methods to overcome the revolution’s failures and impasses, but also how the Revolution was subverted in order to inspire reactionary politics and legitimize conservative theoretical undertakings. Even commemorating the Russian Revolution, then, still poses a threat to every well-established political order. In Part III, this volume interprets how the Russian Revolution can spur a rethinking of the idea of revolution. Acknowledging the suffocating burden that the notion of revolution as such entails, the final chapters of this book ultimately address the content and form of future revolution(s). It is therein, in such critical political thought and such radical form of action, where the Russian Revolution’s legacy ought to be sought and can still be found. 


Frankfurt School proletariat revolutionary processes Russian Revolution October Revolution Critical Theory Russian Revolution Sexuality Communism Sexuality Russian Revolution Christianity The State and Revolution Italian October Revolution Memory Politics Concept of Revolution Eventful Democratization Communist Subjectivity

Editors and affiliations

  • Thomas Telios
    • 1
  • Dieter Thomä
    • 2
  • Ulrich Schmid
    • 3
  1. 1.University of St. GallenSt. GallenSwitzerland
  2. 2.University of St. GallenSt. GallenSwitzerland
  3. 3.University of St. GallenSt. GallenSwitzerland

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