Scientific, Institutional and Personal Rivalries among Soviet Geographers in the Late Stalin Era

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Scientific, institutional and personal rivalries between three key centres of geographical research and scholarship (the Academy of Sciences Institute of Geography and the Faculties of Geography at Moscow and Leningrad State Universities) are surveyed for the period from 1945 to the early 1950s. It is argued that the debates and rivalries between members of the three institutions appear to have been motivated by a variety of scientific, ideological, institutional and personal factors, but that genuine scientific disagreements were at least as important as political and ideological factors in influencing the course of the debates and in determining their final outcome.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1397-1418
Number of pages22
JournalEurope-Asia Studies
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008