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The Passion for Educating the “New Man”: Debates about Preschooling in Soviet Russia, 1917–1925

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The Russian Revolution of February 1917 displaced the autocracy of the Romanov royal family and aimed to establish a liberal republican Russia. The Bolsheviks, who came to power a few months later in the revolution of October 1917, announced that their new policy in education “had no analogy in history.” Their reforms sought to establish a Marxist-based education system, in an attempt to raise new citizens for a new, communist society. Above all, the Bolsheviks regarded education as a means to engineer the ideal human being, the “new man” and the “new woman.”

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