Postscript: Matters of Choice
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.
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Notes and References
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