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Gurevich's Contribution To Soviet And Russian Historio Graphy: From Social-Psychology To Historical Anthro Pology

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It is a testimony to the caliber of the scholarship of the late A. IA. Gurevich that he almost single-handedly sustained social psychology and mentalite as vibrant, if fine, filaments within Soviet historical scholarship, which not only survived the draconian Soviet academic environment of the Brezhnev years but re-emerged as driving forces of post-Soviet historiography, particularly in the guise of historical anthropology. This chapter looks at his place in the origins and development of Soviet historiography in the fields of historical psychology and mentalites in the late 1960s and early 1970s and the degree to which these fields and Gurevich's work in particular, laid the groundwork for contemporary historical anthropology. The discrediting of Marxist-Leninist historiography in the former Soviet Union opened the floodgates for a wave of new approaches to historical writing, from political history to social and cultural history.

Keywords: A. IA. Gurevich; historical anthropology; Marxist-Leninist; social psychology; Soviet historiography



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