Book ID: CBB001552211

Making the Soviet Intelligentsia: Universities and Intellectual Life under Stalin and Khrushchev (2014)


Tromly, Benjamin (Author)

Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2014
Physical Details: xiii + 295 pp.
Language: English

Making the Soviet Intelligentsia explores the formation of educated elites in Russian and Ukrainian universities during the early Cold War. In the postwar period, universities emerged as training grounds for the military-industrial complex, showcases of Soviet cultural and economic accomplishments and valued tools in international cultural diplomacy. However, these feted Soviet institutions also generated conflicts about the place of intellectuals and higher learning under socialism. Disruptive party initiatives in higher education - from the xenophobia and anti-Semitic campaigns of late Stalinism to the rewriting of history and the opening of the USSR to the outside world under Khrushchev - encouraged students and professors to interpret their commitments as intellectuals in the Soviet system in varied and sometimes contradictory ways. In the process, the social construct of intelligentsia took on divisive social, political and national meanings for educated society in the postwar Soviet state

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Authors & Contributors
Pollock, Ethan
Gordin, Michael D.
Simon Ings
Herrala, Meri Elisabet
Johnson, Ian
Ghosh, Arunabh
Slavic Review
Cold War History
VIET: Voprosy Istorii Estestvoznaniia i Tekhniki
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Metascience: An International Review Journal for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science
Simon & Schuster
Princeton University Press
Imperial College Press
Grove Press
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Science and politics
Cold War
Science and war; science and the military
Cultural history
Arms race
Stalin, Joseph
Truman, Harry S.
Khruschchev, Nikita Sergeyevich
Vavilov, Nikolai Ivanovich
Lysenko, Trofim Denisovich
Kotkin, Stephen
Time Periods
20th century, late
20th century
20th century, early
Soviet Union
United States
Eastern Europe

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