Ben Eklof, Tatiana Saburova, A Generation of Revolutionaries Nikolai Charushin and Russian Populism from the Great Reforms to Perestroika, Indiana University press, 2017


Nikolai Charushin’s memoirs of his experience as a member of the revolutionary populist movement in Russia are familiar to historians, but A Generation of Revolutionaries provides a broader and more engaging look at the lives and relationships beyond these memoirs. It shows how, after years of incarceration, Charushin and friends thrived in Siberian exile, raising children and contributing to science and culture there. While Charushin’s memoirs end with his return to European Russia, this sweeping biography follows this group as they engaged in Russia’s fin de siècle society, took part in the 1917 revolution, and struggled in its aftermath. A Generation of Revolutionaries provides vibrant and deeply personal insights into the turbulent history of Russia from the Great Reforms to the era of Stalinism and beyond. In doing so, it tells the story of a remarkable circle of friends whose lives balanced love, family and career with exile, imprisonment, and revolution.

Introduction: Remembrances of a Distant Past
1. Beginnings: How to Become a Revolutionary
2. The Seventies Generation: Young Revolutionaries and the Chaikovskii Circle
3. The Male Gaze and Female Profile: Marriage, Family, Populism
4. “Punishment Harsh and Cruel:” The Experience of Incarceration (1874-1878)
5. Seventeen Years in Siberia: Hard Labor, Exile and Photography
6. Return to European Russia: Family Ties, Networks of Exiles, and the Zemstvo
7. After October: The Downward Spiral of Revolution
8. The Revolution Followed its Own Scenario (1917-1919)
9. Memory Wars and the Search for Meaning after the Revolution
10. In Search of the Real Charushin in the Perestroika Era
Biographical sketches
Selected Bibliography

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