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The notions of ‘enlightenment’ and ‘revolution’ in the vocabulary of an educated Russian in the first quarter of the 19 th

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Опубликовано на портале: 04-03-2013
Диалог со временем. 2011.  № 35. С. 38-58. 
The article analyses the system of meanings and the interlinks between the notions of ‘enlightenment’ and ‘revolution’ in the Russian social and political vocabulary of the early 19 th c. The author analyses a number of memoranda, drafts, popular works and media sources and defines positive and negative expectations of the educated part of the Russian society in connection to the possible consequences of the ‘enlightenment’ and ‘revolution’ for the modernization of the Russian economy, resolving the problem of serfdom and making the system of administration more efficient.