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The Slave Soul of Russia: Moral Masochism and the Cult of Suffering

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Why, asks Daniel Rancour-Laferriere in this controversial book, has Russia been a country of suffering? Russian history, religion, folklore, and literature are rife with suffering. The plight of Anna Karenina, the submissiveness of serfs in the 16th and 17th centuries, ancient religious tracts emphasizing humility as the mother of virtues, the trauma of the Bolshevik revolution, the current economic upheavals wracking the country-- these are only a few of the symptoms of what The Slave Soul of Russia identifies as a veritable cult of suffering that has been centuries in the making.

Bringing to light dozens of examples of self-defeating activities and behaviors that have become an integral component of the Russian psyche, Rancour-Laferriere convincingly illustrates how masochism has become a fact of everyday life in Russia. Until now, much attention has been paid to the psychology of Russia's leaders and their impact on the country's condition. Here, for the first time, is a compelling portrait of the Russian people's psychology.

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Why, asks Daniel Rancour-Laferriere in this controversial book, has Russia been a country of suffering? Russian history, religion, folklore, and literature are rife with suffering. The plight of Anna Karenina, the submissiveness of serfs in the 16th and 17th centuries, ancient religious tracts emphasizing humility as the mother of virtues, the trauma of the Bolshevik revolution, the current economic upheavals wracking the country-- these are only a few of the symptoms of what The Slave Soul of Russia identifies as a veritable cult of suffering that has been centuries in the making.

Bringing to light dozens of examples of self-defeating activities and behaviors that have become an integral component of the Russian psyche, Rancour-Laferriere convincingly illustrates how masochism has become a fact of everyday life in Russia. Until now, much attention has been paid to the psychology of Russia's leaders and their impact on the country's condition. Here, for the first time, is a compelling portrait of the Russian people's psychology.

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ISBN:
9780814774823
Subtitle:
Moral Masochism and the Cult of Suffering
Author:
Rancour-Laferriere, Daniel
Author:
Rancour-Laferriere, Daniel
Author:
Doyle, Dorothy
Publisher:
NYU Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Sociology
Subject:
Eastern Europe
Subject:
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Eastern Europe - General
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
SOVIET UNION_SOCIAL LIFE AND CUSTOMS
Subject:
RUSSIA (FEDERATION)_CIVILIZATION
Subject:
EUROPEAN HISTORY (I. E., OTHER THAN BRITAIN AND IRELAND)_RUSSIA
Subject:
SOCIAL AND CULTURAL HISTORY_RUSSIA
Subject:
ANTHROPOLOGY_RUSSIA
Subject:
Russia-General Russian History
Subject:
Political
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19961001
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
9.00x5.98x.84 in. 1.01 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Why, asks Daniel Rancour-Laferriere in this controversial book, has Russia been a country of suffering? Russian history, religion, folklore, and literature are rife with suffering. The plight of Anna Karenina, the submissiveness of serfs in the 16th and 17th centuries, ancient religious tracts emphasizing humility as the mother of virtues, the trauma of the Bolshevik revolution, the current economic upheavals wracking the country-- these are only a few of the symptoms of what The Slave Soul of Russia identifies as a veritable cult of suffering that has been centuries in the making.

Bringing to light dozens of examples of self-defeating activities and behaviors that have become an integral component of the Russian psyche, Rancour-Laferriere convincingly illustrates how masochism has become a fact of everyday life in Russia. Until now, much attention has been paid to the psychology of Russia's leaders and their impact on the country's condition. Here, for the first time, is a compelling portrait of the Russian people's psychology.

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