Alexander Herzen’s sense of history, his understanding of contemporary events and the people who made them, his political judgements and political programme during the last year of his life, deserve reappraisal. New material which has become available with the publication of the Soviet Academy edition of his works1 makes possible a more complete understanding of his ideas and his endeavours at that time. He was more in sympathy with the international working-class movement than is generally supposed, and his thought was more an amalgam of ideas held by the most radical European socialists than it was the political liberalism first attributed to him by the younger generation of Russian revolutionaries.
KeywordsYoung Generation Progressive Movement General Council Secret Society Russian People
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