Herzen, Aleksandr Ivanovich
From the Other Shore, a series of articles written mainly in 1848–49 (1855, tr. 1956), is Herzen's critique of the European revolutions of the period. His My Past and Thoughts (1855; tr., 4 vol., 1968; 1977) is a survey of Russia under serfdom together with a history of the revolutionary movements he had witnessed. He also published the influential radical weekly journal Kolokol (The Bell, 1857–62), which had a large European audience and although officially banned in Russia was widely read there. Herzen also wrote a popular novel, Who Is to Blame? (1847, tr. 1984), about a liberal hero who becomes disillusioned with Russian society. He was a leading Westernizer until 1848, but then he modified his views toward the Slavophile faith in Russia's communal institutions (see Slavophiles and Westernizers). Nonetheless, he continued to view its peasant communes as egalitarian forerunners of a socialist society rather than as strongholds of tradition.
See his Selected Philosophical Works (tr. 1956), and My Past Thoughts (tr. 1980); biography by A. M. Kelly (2016); studies by M. Malia (1961), E. Acton (1979), M. Partridge (2d ed., 1993), and A. M. Kelly (1999).
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