Dmitri Sergeevich Merezhkovsky and the Silver Age

The Development of a Revolutionary Mentality

  • Authors
  • Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VII
  2. Introduction

    1. Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal
      Pages 1-12
  3. Art as Existential Activity: The Role of Symbolism in the World of Dmitri Sergeevich Merezhkovsky (1890–1899)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-20
    2. Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal
      Pages 21-36
    3. Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal
      Pages 37-56
    4. Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal
      Pages 57-79
  4. Sanctifying the Profane: Merezhkovsky’s “New Religious Consciousness” (1899–1905)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 80-86
    2. Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal
      Pages 87-105
    3. Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal
      Pages 106-130
    4. Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal
      Pages 131-151
  5. The Apocalypse of Personal and Social Salvation: Merezhkovsky’s “Theocratic Society” (1905–1917)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 152-162
    2. Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal
      Pages 163-195
    3. Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal
      Pages 196-215
  6. Epilogue

    1. Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal
      Pages 216-223
  7. Conclusion

    1. Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal
      Pages 224-233
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 234-248

About this book


As the central event of modern times, the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 remains a major focus of historical investigation and controversy. Unavoidably, the conception of the historical problems and the evidence presented are shaped by the historian's view on both the desirability and the inevitability of the Bolshevik Revolution. The years 1890-1917 are particularly important as the crucible in which revolutionary forces developed. In the nineties, Finance Minister Sergei Witte laid the groundwork for a modern economy. While he achieved many of his economic goals, the stresses and strains of forced draft industrialization contributed to the revival of the revolutionary movement; political instability was their immediate effect. By the turn of the century the peasants were in open revolt, an alienated and militant urban proletariat was emerging, and a cohesive liberal opposition was beginning to develop. All these groups demanded fundamental reforms including full political rights for all citizens. By 1905 they had gathered sufficient strength to force the government to issue a constitution and a legislature called the Duma. Neither side, however, was satisfied. The Imperial government tried to take back what it had granted under duress and the opposition parties attempted to discredit the system as "sham constitutionalism. " Only a small center was willing to work with the government and the government was not always willing to work with them.


Christianity Dmitry Merezhkovsky Paganism Revolution apocalyptic apocalyptic resolution religious revolution revolutionary mentality russian symbolism silver age symbolism “New Religious Consciousness”

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science + Business Media B.V. 1975
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-94-011-8353-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-9036-7
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