Myth, method and history: the Russian Revolution through the eyes of Maurício Tragtenberg

This paper approaches relevant aspects of Mauricio Tragtenberg's text: Present Russia: product of Byzantine heritage and of the North-American technical spirit (1954). The point is to evince the originality of Tragtenberg's analysis of the affinities between Soviet and North-American powers and of the deep historical and symbolical processes underlying the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. Emphasis is given to the radicality of the author's critique of the two worldwide centers of power of that time and to the importance of this critique not only for the Brazilian leftist milieu in the 1950s, but also within the contemporary political debate.

Critique; Bolshevik Revolution; Power; Technicism; Myth

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