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On the ideological front [electronic resource] : the Russian intelligentsia and the making of the Soviet public sphere / Stuart Finkel.

Author/Creator:
Finkel, Stuart, 1970-
Publication:
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2007.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (1 online resource (viii, 338 p.))
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Subjects:
Intellectuals -- Soviet Union -- History.
Exile (Punishment) -- Soviet Union -- History.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
Having emerged, exhausted but triumphant, from the bloody and divisive Russian Civil War, V. I. Lenin and his colleagues turned to eliminating perceived ideological foes from within. In On the Ideological Front, Stuart Finkel tells the story of the1922 expulsion from Soviet Russia of almost one hundred prominent intellectuals, including professors and journalists, philosophers and engineers, writers and agronomists. Finkel's meticulously researched and persuasively argued study sets this compelling human drama within the context of the Bolsheviks' determined efforts to impose ideological conformity, redefine the role of the intelligentsia, and establish a distinctly Soviet public sphere. The book demonstrates that the NEP period was not a time of intellectual pluralism and ideological retreat on the part of the Bolsheviks. On the contrary, from its formative years, the Soviet regime zealously policed the ideological front and laid the institutional and discursive foundations for the Stalinist state.
Contents:
The Russian intelligentsia and the Bolsheviks at the end of the civil war
Bolsheviks and professors : the struggle over university autonomy
Exposing the caste spirit in professional and scientific organizations
Cultural, literary, philosophical, and spiritual societies
Publishing, censorship, and ideological struggles
The deportations, part I : precedents and planning
The deportations, part II : arrest, negotiation, and expulsion
Epilogue : the deportees in emigration
Conclusion : the intelligentsia in Soviet Russia.
Notes:
"Published with assistance from the Louis Stern Memorial Fund."
Includes bibliographical references (p. 239-320) and index.
ISBN:
1-282-08881-5
9786612088810
0-300-14507-1
OCLC:
1013937790
Publisher Number:
10.12987/9780300145076 doi