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This front matter section of the book Utopian Reality: Reconstructing Culture in Revolutionary Russia and Beyond contains the table of contents, a list of illustrations, notes on contributors and acknowledgements. The book deals particularly with Russian notions of utopia and dystopia, along with their social, artistic, literary and ideological ramifications. It explores visual and cultural aspects of utopia, and covers the whole period from 1900 right up to the fall of Communism and even into the present century. The book explains how and why the utopian aspirations within Russian society turned into the dystopian nightmare of Stalinism. It reviews the militarisation of labour, the Tambov and Kronstadt rebellions, the suppression of anarchism, the removal of avant-garde artists, socialist realism, cybernetic communism as a new Western art, Slavophiles' retrospective utopianism, and October Revolution of 1917.

Keywords: anarchism; Communism; dystopia; October Revolution; Russian society; Slavophiles; socialist realism; Stalinism; utopia



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