The Politics of Soviet Education

The Politics of Soviet Education

The Politics of Soviet Education

The Politics of Soviet Education

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Now that the market for writings on Soviet education has become inexhaustible and we are flooded by sometimes shrewd and sometimes naïve eyewitness accounts of Soviet schools and universities, there is a need, greater than ever, for serious, painstaking research in the field. The collection of essays presented in this volume has been drawn up with this purpose in mind. Each represents a study of some six months by a young scholar familiar with the Russian language, who, in July 1958, attended a three-week seminar at the Institute for the Study of the U.S.S.R. in Munich, Germany, where he discussed his findings with colleagues and studied Soviet sources.

Researchers from the United States, Holland, France, Germany, Iran, and Italy were represented at the seminar. They came with training in the disciplines of political science, history, sociology, language and literature, economics, and education. Six members of the seminar from American universities had recently traveled in the Soviet Union. One member was a native of prewar Estonia, one a native of Poland, and one was of Ukrainian background. Two of the participants had lived in the U.S.S.R. a number of years; two others, who had grown up there were, as staff members of the Institute, studying Soviet schools of which they were themselves graduates. Thus, the seminar provided an opportunity for a joint exchange of opinions on Soviet education, an opportunity which was unique since it brought together specialists in the field who held differing views . . .

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