Roads to the Temple
Truth, Memory, Ideas, and Ideals in the Making of the Russian Revolution, 1987-1991
Contributing both to the theory of revolutions and history of ideas, Aron presents a thorough and original narrative about new ideas’ dissemination through the various media of the former Soviet Union. Aron shows how, reaching every corner of the nation, these ideas destroyed the moral foundation of the Soviet state, de-legitimized it and made its collapse inevitable.
Praise For Roads to the Temple: Truth, Memory, Ideas, and Ideals in the Making of the Russian Revolution, 1987-1991…
“Leon Aron has written a book about the moral foundation of perestroika and the colossal reassessment of values, which brought about an unprecedented and, for many, unexpected shift in Russian history. These were the years when we tried to bring together politics and morality. Today, when Russia is again facing a crucial choice, it is very important to remember that time and the people who moved forward this difficult but necessary process of intellectual and then political transformation.”—Mikhail Gorbachev
— Mikhail Gorbachev
“This is an outstanding work. No such extraordinary work on the ideas of perestroika and glasnost will be written.”—Anders Åslund, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
— Anders Åslund
“Human beings forget luminescent moments when the pursuit of human dignity lights up our world. Leon Aron does not allow us to forget the remarkable Soviet revolution of 1987-1991, a moment of moral clarity increasingly submerged in a miasma of deception.”—Blair Ruble, Director, Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center
— Blair Ruble
“From America's most insightful chronicler of Russian affairs comes a vividly drawn portrait of a country coming awake. Both erudite and gripping, passionate and yet rigorous, Roads to the Temple is a masterpiece of cultural and intellectual history.”—Daniel Treisman, author of The Return: Russia's Journey from Gorbachev to Medvedev
— Daniel Treisman
“Leon Aron's book is an indispensible guide to the forces that shaped Russia's years of glasnost and revolution, a work of intellectual history that is brimming with fresh insights and points the way to the great challenges facing Russian democracy today.”—David E. Hoffman, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy
— David E. Hoffman
“Leon Aron’s wonderful, passionate book provides the fullest and most detailed portrait yet of the ideas and ideals that inspired the Russian Revolution of 1987-1991.”—William Taubman, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Khrushchev: The Man and His Era.
— William Taubman
"Scholars will forever disagree about what caused the great revolutions. But from now on anyone who tries to explain the fall of Soviet communism will have to read, and reckon with, Roads to the Temple. An extraordinary book."—Stephen Sestanovich, U.S. ambassador-at-large for the former Soviet Union, 1997-2001
— Stephen Sestanovich
— Edward Lucas
— Edward Lucas
— Washington Times
"Leon Aron’s book, a genuine tour de force, is a fascinating chronicle of the main ideas that caused and inspired the revolutionary upheaval in the USSR."—International Affairs
— International Affairs
— Mark Galeotti
— Vladimir Tismaneanu
Yale University Press, 9780300118445, 496pp.
Publication Date: June 13, 2012
About the Author
Leon Aron is Director of Russian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. He is the author of Yeltsin: A Revolutionary Life and Russia's Revolution: Essays, 1989–2006.