Two things immediately spring to mind when mention is made of James D. White: Glasgow, and the Russian Revolution. The city and the event are of course linked through the names of the great Scottish radicals who earned Glasgow the name of the ‘Red Clyde’ in the first decades of the twentieth century. By the time the young Ayrshire student went to ‘the University’, Glasgow was still minded towards socialism, even if the revolution seemed a more distant prospect. As an undergraduate White took courses in Russian studies wherever they were offered. Most importantly, he also found the doors of the Institute of Soviet and East European Studies. This had the privileged position of housing its own library and librarians, as well as a range of émigré and homegrown scholars of the USSR and Eastern Europe. It was the Institute that was to be White’s home for a PhD. It was also the Institute that offered a tenured position, in which White progressed from Lecturer to Reader and eventually full Professor.


Dialectical Materialism October Revolution Revolutionary Movement Political Pluralism Russian Revolution 
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  1. 1.Brunel UniversityUK

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