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To the Finland Station: A Study in the Writing and Acting of History (1940) is a book by American critic and historian Edmund Wilson.

To the Finland Station: A Study in the Writing and Acting of History (1940) is a book by American critic and historian Edmund Wilson. The work presents the history of revolutionary thought and the birth of socialism, from the French Revolution through the collaboration of Marx and Engels to the arrival of Lenin at the Finlyandsky Rail Terminal in St. Petersburg in 1917. The book is divided into three sections.

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EDMUND WILSON (1895–1972) is widely regarded as the preeminent American man of letters of the twentieth century. To the Finland Station" is an exciting narrative and discussion with surprise twists and turns that bring together the complex issues, priniciples, evolution, devolution, and revolutions that occurred over the centuries. It is one of Western civilization's great works in addition to our Constitution and our Declaration of Independence.

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To the Finland Station book. TO THE FINLAND STATION is a work of history on a grand scale, at once sweeping, detailed, closely reasoned & passionately argued, that succeeds From the ideas of early 19th-century socialists to the thoughts of Marx, Engels, Lenin & Trotsky, Edmund Wilson traces the development of the political & intellectual movements that culminated in the Russian Revolution.

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TO THE FINLAND STATION, by Edmund Wilson, traces the development of revolutionary thought and politics from the period of the French Revolution to the Russian Revolution

TO THE FINLAND STATION, by Edmund Wilson, traces the development of revolutionary thought and politics from the period of the French Revolution to the Russian Revolution. Wilson looks at the different people and their theories beginning with Jules Michelet who was fascinated with the processes proposed by Vico, through Marx, Lenin and Trotsky.

None of the eulogies for Edmund Wilson has mentioned what seems to me his most splendid achievement: to have . The first thing that strikes us about To the Finland Station today, as soon as we are a little way into the book, is the breathtaking vastness of its scope.

None of the eulogies for Edmund Wilson has mentioned what seems to me his most splendid achievement: to have written the last great 19thcentury novel. To the Finland Station: A Study in the Writing and Acting of History, originally appeared in 1940, and it was hailed generally as a sensitive, exciting history of the modern radical movement that reached its climax (or, at least, one of its climaxes) in the Bolshevik Revolution. It takes in the whole of Europe and Americasover the course of a century and a half.

Station edmund wilson introduction by louis menand. as Vladimir Nabokov explained to Wilson after reading To the Finland Station in 1940.

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4-1-2010. To the Finland Station by Edmund Wilson (1895-1972) [NY Review of Books, NYC, 2003, originally published 1940] is sub-titled "A study in the writing and acting of history". This great book is much more than that. It is more than the erudite succinct summary of European and later American history, more than an accurately cross-referenced interleaved review of the historiography of Western Civilization from Feudalism to the Fuhrer, IL Duce, and the Boss. The thread that runs through the book, in a sense, is the involvement of the `force or will' of Hegel and the `dialectic' of Hegel and Marx. The book definitively demonstrates several threads of the slow inexorable demise and dismemberment of Feudalism leading unexpectedly to the Leninist state. Central are the many philosophers, economists, and sociologists reviewed during the course of the centuries dealt with, certainly the flow of Western Civilization. "To the Finland Station" is an exciting narrative and discussion with surprise twists and turns that bring together the complex issues, priniciples, evolution, devolution, and revolutions that occurred over the centuries. It is one of Western civilization's great works in addition to our Constitution and our Declaration of Independence.
---Paul Shapshak, PhD
Yllk
A great book to reread, or if you have not read it, it is well worth it. The book brings back memories of undergrad history class and the excitement of the history of ideas. How important is this history to us today? Very, of course in the answer.
Frostdefender
I had decided to read TTFS because so many other books that I have read cited it as a good book to read. I have to admit with some shame that I had very little sense what it was about when I picked it up and began. Wilson starts in on Michelet and the history of the historians of the French revolution, and without really being clear what he's doing he drags the reader into the mindset of revolution and reaction that was current at Michelet's time. The great thing is that I didn't need to know what the book was about, I was hooked and willing to follow it wherever it was going to lead after just reading one chapter.
He explains just what he found so great about Michelet as a historian and then happily goes on to write his own history in the same style. As a reading experience, TTFS is by turns sly, informative, moving and funny. Wilson incorporates anecdotes from the lives of his history's characters, but I never had the feeling that he was distracting me with funny stories. I felt like I learned an enormous amount from reading the book, but I never felt lectured to. Best of all was the feeling of Wilson himself leaning over your shoulder commenting on the history-- I liked the tone of the man (critic) that came through as commentary on the people he was discussing. He was definitely present, though not intrusive.
The only thing I missed was footnotes-- the version that I was reading was old (1960) and there wasn't anything in the way of footnotes or bibliography provided. I hope that the newer versions are annotated, because it cost me some time tracking down books which Wilson was referring to.
A must-read.
Seevinev
I am enjoying Wilson's book about the political philosophers who introduced Socialism/Communism even more than I did when it was a textbook for my Politics course at university in the 1960's. Their personalities and private lives add so much more depth to understanding why they were innovative thinkers of their time, and why they were passionate about changing the huge disparities of wealth and living conditions they observed in society. Still so relevant to today's world with its huge poverty gaps and the Occupy Movement, the war economies etc. It would make just as good a textbook today as it did when I read it in the 1960's, and totally relevant to understanding socialism.
Uaha
This is a book I heard about years ago. I'm glad I finally started reading it....To the Finland Station what does this title mean.....I think you have to read the last chapter to discover what the author intended. I'm sure many people who were living during the 30s and 40s would find this book interesting. It's possible it might even change their perspective of modern history towards the end of the 20th century. I feel fortunate to have found an older, inexpensive paperback edition. This book is difficult to find in bookstores and even public libraries.
Nuliax
A peek in peek out classic..........very scholarly work......a somewhat "eye-splitter"..........need to digest this about one quarter at a time......one of the great works of history......sets the foundation for the great revolutions in Russia and China and beyond at the turn of the century......
To the Finland Station: A Study in the Writing and Acting of History. ebook
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Edmund Wilson
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