DANIEL ORLOVSKY (Dallas, TX, U.S.A.) CORPORA TI SM OR DEMOCRACY: THE RUSSIAN PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT OF 1917 World War I and the Russian Revolution each transformed the social and political landscapes of twentieth century Europe and indeed the world. Revo- lution in Russia has left its own stunning legacy as worked out in the tragic seventy-four year history of the Soviet Union with its distorted and even grotesque achievements and excesses and its attempts to fulfill the Soviet project of overcoming the bourgeois phase of history and establishing its opposite, socialism. Since the demise of the Soviet Union much ink has been spilled on the prospects of "democracy" in the new post-Soviet Rus- sia. A new discourse of democracy has appeared with insiders and out- siders alike using the concept to fill a space a void - as a project - much as the concepts of communism and socialism were used in the past. Still the concept (possibility) of democracy in Russia is problematic as a theory and as practice. The many references to fleeting attempts to establish democratic institutions such as parliaments or procedures and conscious- ness such as rule of law in Russia's history have been of
The Soviet and Post Soviet Review – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1997
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