By Loren R. Graham
"Graham has brilliantly encapsulated and interwoven the key beneficial properties of Soviet and post-Soviet heritage in his riveting stories.... a well suited and remarkable work." ―Edward furnish, writer of God and cause within the heart Ages
"A very full of life learn, certainly a true web page turner... Graham’s dialogue of urgent moral dilemmas monitors a sureness of hand and a fresh candor approximately his personal struggles with the issues." ―Susan Solomon, college of Toronto
The exclusive American historian of Russian and Soviet technology Loren R. Graham recounts with heat and wit his stories in the course of forty five years of touring and learning within the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia, from 1960 to 2005. current for lots of historical occasions in this interval, Graham writes no longer as a political correspondent or an analyst, yet as a standard American dwelling via those years along Russian associates and critics. Graham befriended many of the top scientists and politicians in Russia, yet his so much touching tales crisis normal Russians with whom he lived, labored, suffered, and exchanged perspectives. Graham additionally writes of the moral questions he faced, reminiscent of the stress among independence of proposal and political loyalty. eventually, he depicts the ways that Russia has changed―visually, politically, and ideologically―during the final 15 years. those gripping, occasionally funny, consistently deeply own tales will have interaction and tell all readers with an curiosity in Russia in this tumultuous interval of history.
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I joined with undergraduates in excursions to historical sites in the city and surrounding countryside. And several times a week I attended an advanced course in the Russian language for students whose native language was not Russian (there were many such students) where we read texts in classical Russian literature, such as Leo Tolstoy and Aleksandr Push-kin, and also had conversational exercises. No courses in my special area, the history of science, were available at the university when I was there, but in downtown Moscow there was an institute of the Academy of Sciences where the history of science and technology was the center of attention, and I often attended lectures there.
I have wrestled with these questions for many years, and I have tried to record here the ways in which I dealt with them. I am very aware that other people would, and did, handle some of these issues differently. Loren Graham St. Petersburg, Russia November 2005 PART I LEARNING TO LEARN ABOUT RUSSIA AND COMMUNISM CHAPTER ONE THE COMMUNISM PROBLEM IN FARMERSBURG THE HELSINKI-MOSCOW TRAIN DISAPPEARED in the distance, leaving me stranded alone in the forests astraddle the Finnish-Soviet border. I had been ejected from the train, along with the enormous amount of luggage that was supposed to sustain me for a year in the Soviet Union.
The politics of the southern Wabash Valley at this time were not greatly different from those in working-class regions of Europe, divided sharply between the left and the right. Many miners looked upon the mine owners and town bankers as class enemies. I felt the tension personally because my grandfather Champion “Champ” McClanahan had been a miner and then a railway worker and my uncle, Charles Huntworth, was the Farmersburg banker. When the bank in nearby Shelburn failed in the early 1930s an angry mob converged on the home of the town banker, seized him, and rode him out of town on a rail.