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Soviet Political Leadership and Soviet Political Leadership and ‘Sovietological’ Modelling

Robert Service

in Leading Russia: Putin in Perspective: Essays in Honour of Archie Brown

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199276141
eISBN:
9780191603341
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199276145.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, Russian Politics

This chapter discusses studies of the USSR. In the years following the October 1917 Revolution, most studies of the USSR — carried out by either emigres or persons associated with conflicts in the ... More


The Grand Surprise and Soviet Studies

Robert Daniels

in The Rise and Fall of Communism in Russia

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300106497
eISBN:
9780300134933
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300106497.003.0037
Subject:
History, European Modern History

The academic pursuit known as “Sovietology” failed to predict the collapse of Communism in the Soviet Union in 1991. Sovietology is the specialized study of the Soviet Union from the standpoint of ... More


The Blinkers of the Social Sciences

Ariel Colonomos

in Selling the Future: The Perils of Predicting Global Politics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780190603649
eISBN:
9780190638474
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190603649.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, Political Economy

This chapter studies the role of several epistemic communities in the realm of area studies—in particular Sovietology, Middle Eastern studies, and China studies—when these communities produce ... More


The Origin and Structure of Sovietology

Vladimir Kontorovich

in Reluctant Cold Warriors: Economists and National Security

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2019
ISBN:
9780190868123
eISBN:
9780190868154
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190868123.003.0002
Subject:
History, Political History

American academic study of the Soviet economy was created to help parry the strategic challenge of the USSR and received lifetime government support for reasons of national security. The military ... More


The Secrecy Hypothesis

Vladimir Kontorovich

in Reluctant Cold Warriors: Economists and National Security

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2019
ISBN:
9780190868123
eISBN:
9780190868154
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190868123.003.0007
Subject:
History, Political History

Secrecy is commonly cited in the literature to explain gaps in the understanding of the Soviet economy during its lifetime. Yet secrecy surrounding the military sector was a mixed affair. Western ... More


Beating Soviet Swords into Sovietological Ploughshares

Vladimir Kontorovich

in Reluctant Cold Warriors: Economists and National Security

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2019
ISBN:
9780190868123
eISBN:
9780190868154
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190868123.003.0008
Subject:
History, Political History

This chapter describes the influences that inclined scholars in the field to recast their subject in civilian terms. Sovietologists belonged to a small, low-prestige field of economics. They were ... More


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