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John Randolph interview, "The House in the Garden: The Bakunin Family and the Romance of Russian Idealism"
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  • Marshall Poe, University of Iowa
  • John Randolph
Document Type
Interview
Duration
01:04:23
Publication Date
5-20-2008
Abstract

John Randolph, assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is our guest on the show this week. His book The House in the Garden: The Bakunin Family and the Romance of Russian Idealism (Cornell University Press, 2007) has just appeared. As a sometime Russian historian myself, I was very interested in reading the book. I knew a bit about Mikhail Bakunin, the Russian anarchist famous for running around nineteenth-century Europe fomenting revolution, but I knew virtually nothing about his family. I'd guess the same is true of many of you. John traces the Bakunins from their earliest days to the mid-nineteenth century, and along the way significantly revises the history of Russian radicalism in the period. The book is a model for historians who wish to weave together the private and the public, the personal and the political, the familial and the social. Highly recommended.

Keywords
  • Family Life,
  • Intellectuals,
  • Intelligentsia,
  • Politics,
  • Radicalism,
  • Russia,
  • Soviet Union
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Copyright © 2008 New Books In History
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Citation Information
Marshall Poe and John Randolph. "John Randolph interview, "The House in the Garden: The Bakunin Family and the Romance of Russian Idealism"" New Books Network (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/marshall_poe/186/