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April 1970: Gurevich's Attitudes Toward The Soviet Academic System: A Personal Memoir

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This chapter is the author's personal memoir of the month she spent in Moscow when she first came to know the Aron Iakovlevich Gurevich family which coincided with one of the more serious episodes in Gurevich's academic career, the attempt to discredit him because of his book, Problems in the Genesis of Feudalism. The week she spent with the Gurevich family indelibly colored her views on Soviet society, but also may be a vehicle for those who have admired Gurevich, the scholar, to get a glimpse of Gurevich, the person. He is convinced that the manner in which Aron Gurevich led his life was as important to the future of Russian scholarship as were his contributions to our understanding of medieval culture and society.

Keywords: Aron Iakovlevich Gurevich; medieval culture; Moscow; Russian scholarship; soviet academic system



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