6 Alter L. Litvin, Writing History in Twentieth Century Russia: A View from Within,
translated and edited by John L.H. Keep, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire,
2001, 7, citing a Soviet study on The sources of Soviet historical science in 1968
Author: Arup Banerji
The history of the Soviet Union has been charted in several studies over the decades. These depictions while combining accuracy, elegance, readability and imaginativeness, have failed to draw attention to the political and academic environment within which these histories were composed. Writing History in the Soviet Union: Making the Past Work is aimed at understanding this environment. The book seeks to identify the significant hallmarks of the production of Soviet history by Soviet as well as Western historians. It traces how the Russian Revolution of 1917 triggered a shift in official policy towards historians and the publication of history textbooks for schools. In 1985, the Soviet past was again summoned for polemical revision as part and parcel of an attitude of openness (glasnost') and in this, literary figures joined their energies to those of historians. The Communist regime sought to equate the history of the country with that of the Communist Party itself in 1938 and 1962 and this imposed a blanket of conformity on history writing in the Soviet Union. The book also surveys the rich abundance of writing the Russian Revolution generated as well as the divergent approaches to the history of the period. The conditions for research in Soviet archives are described as an aspect of official monitoring of history writing. Another instance of this is the manner by which history textbooks have, through the years, been withdrawn from schools and others officially nursed into circulation. This intervention, occasioned in the present circumstance by statements by President Putin himself, in the manner in which history is taught in Russian schools, continues to this day. In other words, over the years, the regime has always worked to make the past work. Please note: Taylor & Francis does not sell or distribute the Hardback in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka
This is important reading for all scholars working on late Soviet history and society.
Author: Barbara Martin
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
How was it possible to write history in the Soviet Union, under strict state control and without access to archives? What methods of research did these 'historians' - be they academic, that is based at formal institutions, or literary - rely on? And how was their work influenced by their complex and shifting relationships with the state? To answer these questions, Barbara Martin here tracks the careers of four important dissidents: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Roy Medvedev, Aleksandr Nekrich and Anton Antonov-Ovseenko. Based on extensive archival research and interviews (with some of the authors themselves, as well as those close to them), the result is a nuanced and very necessary history of Soviet dissident history writing, from the relative liberalisation of de-Stalinisation through increasing repression and persecution in the Brezhnev era to liberalisation once more during perestroika. In the process Martin sheds light onto late Soviet society and its relationship with the state, as well as the ways in which this dissidence lives on in post-Soviet Russia. This is important reading for all scholars working on late Soviet history and society.
The United States and the European Union are both examples of federations,
though the United States is a much closer one with far more ... The “West” in this
sense is understood in opposition to a non-western Soviet Union or Soviet bloc.
Author: Katherine Pickering Antonova
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
The Essential Guide to Writing History Essays is a step-by-step guide to the typical assignments of any undergraduate or master's-level history program in North America. Effective writing is a process of discovery, achieved through the continual act of making choices--what to include or exclude, how to order elements, and which style to choose--each according to the author's goals and the intended audience. The book integrates reading and specialized vocabulary with writing and revision and addresses the evolving nature of digital media while teaching the terms and logic of traditional sources and the reasons for citation as well as the styles. This approach to writing not only helps students produce an effective final product and build from writing simple, short essays to completing a full research thesis, it also teaches students why and how an essay is effective, empowering them to approach new writing challenges with the freedom to find their own voice.
81 Far from repudiating the Truman Doctrine as a useful historical analogy ,
Brzezinski “ drew President Carter ' s attention to ... 83 He placed “ somewhat
more blame ” for the Cold War on the Soviet Union than America but was
sensitive to the ...
Author: Richard A. Melanson
Publisher: American Values Projected Abro
A study of theories of the Cold War which represents a decade of serious research and study. The author proceeds step by step to understand and analyze the differing approaches of leading individual thinkers and schools of thought, making this the most comprehensive view of the Cold War ever published. Co-published with the Miller Center of Public Affairs.
Her specialization was the history of the Soviet Union , and she considered it her
mission to write history books about the U.S.S.R. for children and young adults --
greatly superior books compared to what was then ( and remains ) available ...
Author: WILLIAM CRAIG RICE
to cultivate public readership is analyzed.
Distinguished by its brevity and amply supplemented with useful images and suggested readings, this essential text provides balanced coverage of all periods of Russian history and incorporates economic, social, and cultural developments as ...
Author: John M Thompson
Publisher: Westview Press
This lucid account of Russian and Soviet history presents major trends and events from ancient Kievan Rus' to Vladimir Putin's renewed presidency of the twenty-first century. Russia and the Soviet Union does not shy away from controversial topics, including the impact of the Mongol conquest, the paradoxes of Peter the Great, the "inevitability" of the 1917 Revolution, the Stalinist terror, and the Gorbachev reform effort. Tackling those topics and others, Thompson's seventh edition is updated to discuss the flawed parliamentary elections to the Russian Duma in December 2011 as well as the election of Vladimir Putin to a second non-consecutive term as president of Russia in March 2012. Recent sociopolitical changes are reflected in a thoroughly rewritten Chapter 15 on the "New" Russia and a new Chapter 16 discussing Vladimir Putin and Dmitri Medvedev. Distinguished by its brevity and amply supplemented with useful images and suggested readings, this essential text provides balanced coverage of all periods of Russian history and incorporates economic, social, and cultural developments as well as politics and foreign policy.
Establishing a causal link between historical discourse and political change, this important book describes the role of historical discourse in establishing, maintaining, or destroying elite and mass political identities in Soviet and post ...
Author: T. Sherlock
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Establishing a causal link between historical discourse and political change, this important book describes the role of historical discourse in establishing, maintaining, or destroying elite and mass political identities in Soviet and post-Soviet space.
At many of these discussions , historians have gone far beyond the topics and
attitudes toward history that Gorbachev ... to raise the larger questions of
alternatives and the inadequacies of history written exclusively from the
perspective of the ...
Author: Paul Lerner
Publisher: Crane Russak, Incorporated
Much of Western news reporting on the USSR is lacking in substance and historical perspective. This volume provides general readers and scholars with major essays written by internationally respected specialists focusing on important topics in the Soviet Union.
Tsarist era had to write historical fantasy in the Soviet period just to get published
. Although more complex and diverse than simple propaganda , the novels ,
popular history and textbooks produced in the Soviet Union after 1930 were
Author: Konstantin Sheiko
Publisher: Ibidem Press
Anatolii Fomenko is a distinguished Russian mathematician turned popular history writer, founder of the so-called New Chronology school, and part of the explosion of alternative historical writing that has emerged in Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Among his more startling claims are that the Old Testament was written after the New Testament, that Russia is older than Greece and Rome, and that the medieval Mongol Empire was in fact a Slav-Turk world empire, a Russian Horde, to which Western and Eastern powers paid tribute. While academic historians dismiss Fomenko as a dangerous ethno-nationalist or post-modern clown, Fomenko's publications invariably outsell his conventional rivals. Just as Putin has restored Russia's faith in its future, Fomenko and an army of fellow alternative historians are determined to restore Russia's faith in its past. For Fomenko, the key to Russia's greatness in the future lies in ensuring that Russians understand the true greatness of their past. Fomenko and other pseudo-historians have built upon existing Russian notions of identity, specifically the widespread belief in the positive qualities of empire and the special mission of Russia. He has drawn upon previous attempts to establish a Russian identity, ranging from Slavophilism through Stalinism to Eurasianism. While fantastic, Fomenko's pseudo-history strikes many Russian readers as no less legitimate than the lies and distortions peddled by Communist propagandists, Tsarist historians and church chroniclers.
In this fascinating book Alter Litvin tells us what life was really like for professional Soviet historians from Lenin to Gorbachev, and assesses the efforts made since 1991 to create a more truthful picture of the turbulent Russian past.
Author: A. Litvin
In this fascinating book Alter Litvin tells us what life was really like for professional Soviet historians from Lenin to Gorbachev, and assesses the efforts made since 1991 to create a more truthful picture of the turbulent Russian past. Passionate yet fair-minded, this is the first account of the subject to appear in English. Designed primarily for the general reader, it contains much fresh material of specialist interest and an ample up-to-date bibliography.
I do hope that one day the Soviet people will compel their government to reinvest
the city with its illustrious name to adorn for ever the pages of the history of a
heroic people . The Soviet Union is not unused to re - writing history . Even the ...
Author: M. O. Mathai
Publisher: Vikas Pub
Reminiscences of the author, special assistant, 1946 to 1959, to Jawaharlal Nehru, 1889-1964, former prime minister of India.