VLADIMIR SHLAPENTOKH (East Lansing, MI, USA) AMERICAN SOVIETOLOGY FROM 1917-1991: AN ATTEMPT AT DIAGNOSIS The goal of this article is to discuss the evolution of the views of Ameri- can social scientists, particularly Sovietologists, on the origins and nature of Soviet society. The analysis of
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. Lane 1996 :146–7). Carl J. Friedrich and Zbigniew Brzezinski, authors of one of the most influential texts of the early postwar period (Friedrich and Brzezinski 1966), were certainly not inclined to punch-pulling. The same is true of communist studies or Sovietology more specifically. Merle Fainsod
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system, although forecast in general terms by Western sovietology, took place soon afterwards, faster than anybody had expected. One of its consequences was the reacquisition by the Baltic 1. “Comparing Chinese Enterprise Administration and Settlement of Contract Disputes with Soviet Practices”, Review
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all probability, be reversed, Sovietology will remain in need of these aids to research. And, if the data base on which the calendar is based were made available, we could follow Gorbachev's tracks even more closely.
international digital communication. From these perspectives, such a book represents a turning point in the course of Central Eurasian studies: First of all, it marginalizes permanently sovietology, or more precisely, Russian as the only source or working language. From now on, it seems no longer possible to
benefit o f g l a s n o s t ' in the Soviet U n i o n and o f warming W e s t e r n - S o v i e t relations. I replied, with only a moment's hesitation, the im- pending death o f Sovietology. I referred o f course to that quasi-academic discipline which flourished in the W e s t in tandem with the Cold
formerly repressed peoples. Political science, the primary matrix of "sovietology," h a s borne the brunt of attacks for its alleged lack of prescience about the demise of Communist rule. Thomas Rem- ington of Emory University (seconded in a brief comment by the comparativist Gabriel Almond of Stanford) a