Know Your Enemy: The Rise and Fall of America's Soviet Experts by David C. Engerman
Know Your Enemy: The Rise and Fall of America's Soviet Experts
Author: David C. Engerman
Title: Know Your Enemy: The Rise and Fall of America's Soviet Experts
ISBN10: 0199832471
ISBN13: 978-0199832477
Format: .PDF .EPUB .FB2
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Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2011)
Language: English
Size pdf: 1894 kb
Size epub: 1732 kb
Rating: 4.4 ✪
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Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
As World War II ended, few Americans in government or universities knew much about the Soviet Union. As David Engerman shows in this book, a network of scholars, soldiers, spies, and philanthropists created an enterprise known as Soviet Studies to fill in this dangerous gap in American knowledge. This group brought together some of the nation's best minds from the left, right, and center, colorful and controversial individuals ranging from George Kennan to Margaret Mead to Zbigniew Brzezinski, not to mention historians Sheila Fitzpatrick and Richard Pipes. Together they created the knowledge that helped fight the Cold War and define Cold War thought. Soviet Studies became a vibrant intellectual enterprise, studying not just the Soviet threat, but Soviet society and culture at a time when many said that these were contradictions in terms, as well as Russian history and literature. And this broad network, Engerman argues, forever changed the relationship between the government and academe, connecting the Pentagon with the ivory tower in ways that still matter today.