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by James H Billington
James H. Billington is currently the Librarian of Congress.
James H. Before that, he served as director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He has been a leading figure in American academic exchange programs, and served as past chairman of the Board of Foreign Scholarship, which directs the Fulbright Program. He examines in particular national and socialist revolution and the cast of sometimes bizarre characters, cults and conspiracies that peppered these movements. Beautifully written, it is a joy to read.
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Fire in the Minds of Men: Origins of the Revolutionary Faith is a book about the spread of ideas written by James H. Billington, historian and Librarian of Congress. The book analyzes the ideas that inspired European revolutionary movements from the 1700s to the 1900s. The book takes its name from Dostoevsky's The Possessed, and it attempts to investigate the passion for revolutionary change which developed strongly in Central Europe and Russia starting with the French Revolution of 1789.
This book traces the origins of a faith-perhaps the faith of the century
This book traces the origins of a faith-perhaps the faith of the century. This inherently implausible idea energized Europe in the This book traces the origins of a faith-perhaps the faith of the century.
Book I foundations of the revolutionary faith: the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
This book traces the origins of a faith-perhaps the faith of the century. James Hadley Billington was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania on June 1, 1929. He received a bachelor's degree from Princeton University in 1950 and a doctorate from Oxford University in 1953. He joined the Army and became a first lieutenant. He taught Russian history at Harvard University from 1957 to 1962 and at Princeton University from 1962 to 1974.
Origins of the revolutionary. James h. biliington . Basic books, in. publishers new york. Billington, James H. Fire in the minds of men. Includes bibliographical references and index. The heart of revolutionary faith, like any faith, is fire : ordinary ma terial transformed into extraordinary form, quantities of warmth sud denly changing the quality of substance. If we do not know what fire is, we know what it does.
Fire in the Minds of Men: Origins of the Revolutionary Faith.
Billington, James H. Description. New York : Basic Books, c1980 viii, 677 p. ; 24 cm. ISBN.
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This book traces the origins of a faith--perhaps the faith of the century. Modern revolutionaries are believers, no less committed and intense than were Christians or Muslims of an earlier era. What is new is the belief that a perfect secular order will emerge from forcible overthrow of traditional authority. This inherently implausible idea energized Europe in the nineteenth century, and became the most pronounced ideological export of the West to the rest of the world in the twentieth century. Billington is interested in revolutionaries--the innovative creators of a new tradition. His historical frame extends from the waning of the French Revolution in the late eighteenth century to the beginnings of the Russian Revolution in the early twentieth century.
The theater was Europe of the industrial era; the main stage was the journalistic offices within great cities such as Paris, Berlin, London, and St. Petersburg. Billington claims with considerable evidence that revolutionary ideologies were shaped as much by the occultism and proto-romanticism of Germany as the critical rationalism of the French Enlightenment. The conversion of social theory to political practice was essentially the work of three Russian revolutions: in 1905, March 1917, and November 1917.
Events in the outer rim of the European world brought discussions about revolution out of the school rooms and press rooms of Paris and Berlin into the halls of power.</p><p>Despite his hard realism about the adverse practical consequences of revolutionary dogma, Billington appreciates the identity of its best sponsors, people who preached social justice transcending traditional national, ethnic, and gender boundaries. When this book originally appeared The New Republic hailed it as "remarkable, learned and lively," while The New Yorker noted that Billington "pays great attention to the lives and emotions of individuals and this makes his book absorbing." It is an invaluable work of history and contribution to our understanding of political life.