The Development and Orientation of French Sovietology

  • Robert Desjardins
Part of the St Antony’s/Macmillan Series book series


The question of the development, or rather the under-development, of French Sovietology will constitute the fulcrum upon which a good part of this first chapter will turn. Soviet studies in France have often been considered by French scholars themselves to be relatively underdeveloped and backward. Thus, even though this book is essentially concerned with post-World War Two studies, it is appropriate to pay some attention to French work in this field prior to 1945. The weight of the past, with its traditions and specific features, cannot be overlooked. This kind of ‘genealogical’ scrutiny provides a necessary perspective within which to view French Sovietology in the immediate post-war decade. Even a brief scrutiny of this earlier period reveals that the field of Soviet studies had, in comparative terms, not been endowed with substantial scholarly or material resources.


Political Science Communist Party Soviet Study French Intellectual Slavonic Study 
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