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Russian/Soviet Studies in the United States, Amerikanistika in Russia

In this collection, leading scholars of U.S.-Russian relations from both countries analyze the place occupied by the study of the "Other," either Russian or American, within national social and political agendas throughout the past century and a half. The contributors examine the problems that arise from the intersections of academic, political, and sociocultural contexts.
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Part 1: US Russian Studies and Russian Amerikanistika in Historical Retrospective Chapter 1: How Home Agenda Defines the Study of the Other: Russia and the US in the 1850s, Ivan I. Kurilla Chapter 2: Russian Ideas of Cassius M. Clay, Vladimir V. Noskov Chapter 3: Zenaida Ragozin and Elizabeth Reynolds Hapgood: Two Remarkable Russian American Women, Norman E. Saul Chapter 4: Russian Studies in the United States and Amerikanistika in the Russian Empire: Imagination and Study of the Other in the context of Peace and World War, Victoria I. Zhuravleva Chapter 5: Russian Sociologists Abroad and Their Influence on Russian Studies in the United States in the First Half of the 20th Century, Marina B. Bulanova Chapter 6: Between Moscow and the West: Constructing the Soviet Self in the American Studies in Soviet Russia and Ukraine during Late Socialism (1956-1991), Sergei I. Zhuk Chapter 7: Zbigniew Brzezinski's Appraisal of the Systemic Inadequacies of Soviet-Style Communism: Bureaucratization, Degeneration, and the Failed Quest for Transformation, Mark Kramer Chapter 8: The Pedagogy of Patriotism: America and Americans in Soviet Children's Literature, Milla Fedorova Chapter 9: American Literary Canons in the Soviet Union and Post-Soviet Russia, Olga Yu. Antsyferova Part 2: Disciplines and Area Studies Centers in the Context of Foreign Policy Making and Societal Demand Chapter 10: Russia in the Representations of the Council on Foreign Relations during the Period of Nonrecognition, Alexander B. Okun and Iana V. Shchetinskaia Chapter 11: Knowing Allies and Enemies: The World War II Origins of Soviet Studies in American Universities, David C. Engerman Chapter 12: Slavic and Soviet Area Studies at the University of Kansas, Richard T. De George Chapter 13: The Politics of Knowledge: Teaching Russian Studies at an American Community College, William B. Whisenhunt Chapter 14: American Studies on the Shores of Neva: in the Pursuit of Scholarly Identity, Alexander I. Kubyshki and Ivan Tsvetkov Chapter 15: Contemporary Dialogue of Russian and American Historiographies, Vladimir V. Sogrin Chapter 16: Studying Russian Politics after the Cold War: Changes and Challenges, Vladimir Gel'man

About the Author

Ivan Kurilla is professor at the European University at St. Petersburg. Victoria I. Zhurvaleva is professor of American history and international relations and director of the Program on American Studies at the Russian State University for the Humanities.


Led by two of the finest historians in Russia, a team of distinguished American and Russian scholars address a wide range of ways that American intellectuals have thought about Russia and Russian academics have analyzed the United States since the middle of the nineteenth century. The authors make significant contributions to our growing understanding of how images of 'the Other' have figured in American and Russian mutual understanding-and misunderstanding. The publication of this collection at a time of revived suspicion and antipathy between the United States and Russia is especially welcome. -- David Foglesong, Rutgers University At a time of regrettable retrenchment in the support of academic studies on American-Russian relations, this impressively researched collection of sixteen essays by scholars from both countries sheds significant light on the historical and institutional factors that have shaped how Americans and Russians have understood-and, sadly, misunderstood-one another throughout the centuries. The editors' preface and conclusion are especially valuable in summarizing the focus and methodology of the volume. -- John Brown, Georgetown University During this time of new tension between the United States and Russia, it is more important than ever to understand where our understandings of each other come from. On this question, one can find no better resource than this book. Editors Ivan Kurilla and Victoria Zhuravleva pull together a dream team of experts from both countries to examine the history of how Russians study America and how Americans study Russia, going back to the nineteenth century and carrying us through today's post-Crimea crisis in relations. The book exposes not only the political, but also the deeply personal factors that have influenced the contours of these academic fields and prevalent biases in both countries, making for a fascinating and enlightening read. -- Henry E. Hale, George Washington University

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