[Reading] ➵ Soviet Intellectuals and Political Power: The Post Stalin Era ➼ Vladimir Shlapentokh – Bassgrotto.co.uk

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    The book gives a good account on the position of intellectuals in the Soviet Society that ranged from alienation from political power to serving the political means of the Soviet regime The author, though, argues that intellectuals were in both of these roles close to masses and in neither of roles they can be seen as the power, but rather as the regime s instruments Sometimes the arguments lack explanations, sill it is inter...

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Soviet Intellectuals and Political Power: The Post Stalin Era In This Unprecedented Work On The Status And Role Of Intellectuals In Soviet Political Life, A Former Soviet Sociologist Maps Out The Delicate, Often Paradoxical, Ties Between The Political Regime And The Creative Thinkers Who Play A Major Part In The Movement Toward Modernization Beginning With Stalin, Vladimir Shlapentokh Explores The Mutual Need And Antagonism That Have Existed Between Political Leaders And Intellectuals What Emerges Is A Fascinating Portrayal Of The Soviet Intellectual Network Since The 1950s, Which Touches On Such Topics As The Role Of Literature And Film In Political Opposition, Levels Of Opposition Open, Legal, And Private , And The Spread Of Paranoia As Fueled By The KGB Throughout He Shows How The Intellectual Communityusually A Cohesive, Liberal Grouphas Fared Under Khrushchev S Cautious Tolerance, Brezhnev S Repressions, And Now Gorbachev S Glasnost.Shlapentokh Maintains, However, That Under Glasnost Freer Speech Has Revealed A Pronounced Divergence Between Liberal And Conservative Thinkers, And Has Allowed For Open Conservative Opposition To The Reformatory Measures Of Gorbachev And The Liberals He Argues That One Of The Strongest Checks On Reform Is The Growing Presence Of Russophilism A Movement Supporting Russian Nationalism And Stalin S Concept Of Socialism Among The Political Elite And The Masses Although The Role Of The Liberal Intellectuals In The Late 1980s Was Less Prominent Than It Was In The 1960s, Shlapentokh Asserts That They Remain The Major Agent Of Modernization In The Soviet Union, As Well As In Other Socialist Countries.