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Author Tromly, Benjamin, 1976- author

Title Making the Soviet Intelligentsia : universities and intellectual life under Stalin and Khrushchev / Benjamin Tromly
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 295 pages)
Series New studies in European history
New studies in European history.
Contents Introduction -- Universities and postwar Soviet society. Youth and timelessness in the palaces of science -- The university in the Soviet social imagination -- The emergence of Stalin's intelligentsia, 1948-1956. Making intellectuals cosmopolitan : Stalinist patriotism, anti-Semitism, and the intelligentsia -- Stalinist science and the fracturing of academic authority -- De-Stalinization and intellectual salvationism -- Revolutionary dreaming and intelligentsia divisions, 1957-1964. Back to the future : populist social engineering under Khrushchev -- Uncertain terrain : the intelligentsia and the thaw -- Higher learning and the nationalization of the thaw -- Conclusion : intellectuals and Soviet socialism
Summary "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"-- Provided by publisher
Study of the shaping of the postwar Soviet intelligentsia and its ambiguous relationship with the Soviet project
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 262-288)
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Subject Higher education and state -- Soviet Union -- History.
Intellectuals -- Soviet Union -- History.
Universities and colleges -- Soviet Union -- History.
Soviet Union -- Intellectual life -- 1917-1970.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
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