Postscript: Matters of Choice

  • Teodor Shanin


This book is at its end. Its text has drawn a picture of a society and of an epoch presenting an argument as to their characteristics, contradictions and motions. It then proceeded to discuss a half-forgotten revolution to reclaim it as a decisive moment in the history of Russia and of mankind. The Preface set out the book’s point of departure and stated its conclusions. A Postscript permits a brief statement about what the author has learned in the process of study about study itself — that is, not about Russia and its revolution but about sociologically informed history and the historical sociology of societies, states and revolutions.


Social Institution Human Choice Human Reality European History Historical Sociology 
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Notes and References

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  2. For fuller discussion of my own views (as those stood more than a decade ago) see T. Shanin, The Rules of the Game: Models in Scholarly Thought (London, 1972)Google Scholar
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    M. Bloch, The Historian Craft (Manchester, 1954) p. 29Google Scholar
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    See, for example, M. Eliade, The Myth of The Eternal Return (New York, 1959);Google Scholar
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    P. Sweezy, ‘Socialism in Poor Countries’, Monthly Review, October, 1976, p. 3Google Scholar
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    A. Einstein, ‘Why Socialism’, Monthly Review, February 1951, pp. 5–6, 8–9Google Scholar

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