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Vladimir Shlapentokh

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

William Outhwaite, William Outhwaite and Larry Ray

. 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


S T E P H E N P. D U N N Sovietology, Old a n d N e w H. K e n t Geiger. T h e F a m i l y in S o v i e t R u s s i a , C a m b r i d g e , Mass.: H a r v a r d U n i v e r s i t y Press, 1968. ( R u s s i a n R e s e a r c h C e n t e r S t u d i e s N o 5 6 ) 381 pp. B i b l i o g r a p h y

Mike Haynes

Reviews • 317 1 Portes 1994. Rethinking the Soviet Collapse. Sovietology, the Death of Communism and the New Russia E DITED BY M ICHAEL C OX London: Pinter, 1998 The Marxian Concept of Capital and the Soviet Experience P ARESH C HATTOPADHYAY Westport: Praeger, 1994 Capitalism and Class Struggle

Ferdinand Feldbrugge

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

Alexandre Papas

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

James Cracraft

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

RobertV. Daniels

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