Soviet Intellectuals And Political Power

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Soviet Intellectuals And Political Power

By Vladimir Shlapentokh
Princeton University Press, 1991
321 pp. $29.95
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Shlapentokh is a knowing guide to the past three decades of the political influence of the intelligentsia-from the liberal trends of the 1960s to the repression and conformity of the 1970s and finally to the emergence of the alliance with Gorbachev, an alliance now frayed at the edges. His book is impressive because he writes not just of trends but of hundreds of individuals in science, literature and the arts. He has a near-encyclopedic knowledge of who are the leading intellectuals, how they have reacted to changes in the political climate and how some of them accepted the risks and paid the price of dissidence. He makes his own independent judgments.

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