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The Private World of Soviet Scientists from Stalin to Gorbachev

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  • Date Published: July 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107196360

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  • Rogacheva sheds new light on the complex transition of Soviet society from Stalinism into the post-Stalin era. Using the case study of Chernogolovka, one of dozens of scientific towns built in the USSR under Khrushchev, she explains what motivated scientists to participate in the Soviet project during the Cold War. Rogacheva traces the history of this scientific community from its creation in 1956 through the Brezhnev period to paint a nuanced portrait of the living conditions, political outlook, and mentality of the local scientific intelligentsia. Utilizing new archival materials and an extensive oral history project, this book argues that Soviet scientists were not merely bought off by the Soviet state, but that they bought into the idealism and social optimism of the post-Stalin regime. Many shared the regime's belief in the progressive development of Soviet society on a scientific basis, and embraced their increased autonomy, material privileges and elite status.

    • It is the first cultural history of the late Soviet scientific intelligentsia
    • Presents a fresh and original perspective on the Khrushchev era
    • Contributes to the growing literature on closed scientific communities in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'For individuals interested in the history of science in the Soviet Union, or in the social circumstances under which scientists live in totalitarian regimes, this book will provide not only informative reading but provoke serious questions about the lives of ordinary scientists under unusual political circumstances. Highly Recommended.' J. W. Dauben, Choice

    '… an important contribution to historical scholarship on the post-Stalin period as well as on Soviet science, and it deserves a wide audience.' Benjamin Tromly, Slavic Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107196360
    • length: 220 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 157 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. An unusual testing ground: building a town in the marshes, 1955–1962
    2. Children of the great patriotic war: the formation of Soviet scientists, 1930–1955
    3. 'We Were Building a Town for Ourselves': everyday life in Chernogolovka in the 1960s and 1970s
    4. Scientists, ideology and the communist party in Chernogolovka
    5. Chernogolovka scientists between loyalty and dissent: the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia and the Liubarskii affair
    6. Scientists behind the iron curtain: traveling abroad in the 1960s and 1970s
    Biographical notes

  • Author

    Maria Rogacheva, College of William and Mary, Virginia
    Maria Rogacheva is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Global Studies at the College of William and Mary, Virginia. Her work has appeared in venues including Europe-Asia Studies.

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