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Zhivago's children: the last Russian intelligentsia

Zubok, Vladislav (2011) Zhivago's children: the last Russian intelligentsia. . Belknap Press, Cambridge, MA, USA. ISBN 9780674062320

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Abstract

Among the least-chronicled aspects of post–World War II European intellectual and cultural history is the story of the Russian intelligentsia after Stalin. Young Soviet veterans had returned from the heroic struggle to defeat Hitler only to confront the repression of Stalinist society. The world of the intelligentsia exerted an attraction for them, as it did for many recent university graduates. In its moral fervor and its rejection of authoritarianism, this new generation of intellectuals resembled the nineteenth-century Russian intelligentsia that had been crushed by revolutionary terror and Stalinist purges. The last representatives of the Russian intelligentsia, heartened by Khrushchev’s denunciation of Stalinism in 1956, took their inspiration from the visionary aims of their nineteenth-century predecessors and from the revolutionary aspirations of 1917. In pursuing the dream of a civil, democratic socialist society, such idealists contributed to the political disintegration of the communist regime.

Item Type: Book
Official URL: http://www.hup.harvard.edu/
Additional Information: © 2011 Belknap Press
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
Sets: Departments > International History
Date Deposited: 08 May 2013 13:05
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2013 13:06
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/48838

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