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A searching probe into the forces of national history and character that shaped Soviet communism.
Russia is still a 'mystery wrapped in an enigma' to many Westerners. In this book, Berdyaev makes clear the true nature of Russian communism. He lays bare its roots in Russian history, and in the Russian messianic tradition—that sense of holy mission that pervades Russian history.
"This book is calm, balanced, immensely scholarly and built upon a really profound knowledge both of what Communism is today and how for a hundred years past it has developed. Berdyaev has no illusions about it. Himself a convinced and devout Christian, he knows and states over and over again that Communism cannot possibly make any terms with Christianity, but is bound to seek its destruction. Yet he gives no impression at any point of losing the calm and lucid statement with which he judges it."
—Canon Roger Lloyd, The Observer
"Berdyaev tells us more about Russia in a chapter than most writers do in a book."
—The News Chronicle
"He has an amazing insight into the social and religious currents which have determined his country's historical destiny . . . and from him much may be learned of the Russian mentality."
—Evgeny Lampert, Modern Christian Revolutionaries edited by Donald Attwater