Psychohistorical approaches to 1905 radicalism

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Shifting the emphasis from ideological justifications for revolutionary activism to psychological conditions that contributed to the escalation of political violence in Russia after the turn of the twentieth century, this chapter analyses the impact of a rapid breakdown of traditional collective identities on the behaviour patterns of Russian radicals. It focuses on individual pressures and limitations, camouflaged motives and aberrant personality states as the driving forces behind extremist tendencies, and demonstrates that, as part of the turbulent individuation process, self-loathing and self-denial were often projected externally, manifesting themselves in aggressive and destructive political acts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Russian Revolution of 1905
Subtitle of host publicationCentenary Perspectives
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9780203002087
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


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