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Historiography, revolutionary dynamics and disputed remembrance
Catherine.Gousseff, Stefan Plaggenborg and Alessandro Stanziani
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In 2004 Gottfried Schramm published a book full of wisdom as to the structural preconditions of historical success. He asked why at a certain moment of history new ideas gained momentum and ensured their historical endurance, i. e. what made them successful. History knows much more examples of lost significance and failure than long‑lasting success. Schramm studied the beginning of monotheism, the emergence of Christendom, the Reformation, the beginning of representative democracy in Northern America, and socialism or the Bolshevik experiment. He wanted to exemplify his approach and did not look for completeness. However, Russia 1917 was the case to show why this junction in history did not achieve the lasting historical significance like the other ones. His book about junctions (Wegscheiden) in world history reminds us of the problem we have today when we try to commemorate and “celebrate” Russia’s 1917. This issue of the Cahiers du Monde russe cannot escape from these thoughts. If...

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Catherine.Gousseff, Stefan Plaggenborg and Alessandro Stanziani, « 1917 », Cahiers du monde russe [Online], 58/1-2 | 2017, Online since 01 January 2017, Connection on 23 February 2018. URL :

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Catherine.Gousseff, CNRS – Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin

Stefan Plaggenborg, Ruhr‑Universität Bochum, Germany

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Alessandro Stanziani , Centre de recherches historiques, CNRS, EHESS, PSL (Paris Sciences et Lettres)

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