At the heart of this book lies the question of what the debates among Soviet historians during the 1950s and 1960s tell us about their evolution as intellectuals in relation to the Soviet state and society in that period. The book is thus political science in that it assumes that the production of history in Soviet society, indeed in any society, had a political function over and above the individual historian’s quest for historical truth. It is an exploration of the politics of knowledge that assumes there is a link between knowl- edge, intellectuals as its bearers, and power. Probing the precise nature of that link in the case of Soviet historians is a major objective of this study.
KeywordsCivil Society Historical Science Intellectual Life Soviet State Professional Historian
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