“Cooking Up a New Everyday: Communal Kitchens in the Revolutionary Era, 1890-1935.” Revolutionary Russia 29, No. 2 (December 2016): 211-233
Andy Willimott’s monograph Living the Revolution is an exemplary study of the people who founded, developed and lived in urban communes in the early Soviet Union. These individuals, Willimott argues, were both progenies and progenitors of Soviet socialism. Spurred to participate in communes by revolutionary fervour, the communards in term shaped the Soviet state in small but significant and perceptible ways. This book takes their previously overlooked contributions seriously, and explores the impact that they had on Soviet socialism and culture.
This article studies the images of Russia in French speaking Belgium after 1917. It focuses on a number of Belgian intellectuals and travelers to Russia: the socialist politician Jules Destrée; the journalist Pierre Daye who sympathized with fascism; Charles Sarolea, the Belgian consul in Edinburg and a propagandist of the Belgian cause; the famous literary critic Louis Dumont-Wilden; and the (French) Jesuit Bishop Michel d’Herbigny, who operated from Belgium. They all comply with the reigning Western image of Russia as the ‘fundamental other’ (E.Adamovsky). However, despite the domination of clichés, Russia after 1917 was not only a timeless and unchangeable object of imagination. Russian émigrés such as princess Zinaida Schakhovskoy and the translator and critic Benjamin Goriély tried to overcome the polarization between Russia and the West and offer a conciliatory voice.