Clio: Apr 29, 2014


Dr. Stephanie Beswick is co-editor of The Road to the Two Sudans ( Newcastle-Upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014.) This collection of recent cutting-edge scholarship concerning the Sudan includes her own study, “The Role of Slavery in the rise and Fall of the Shilluk Kingdom,” pages 108-142.

Dr. Sergei Zhuk wrote an article, which is based on the material from his new book project, and is published in Paris, France:  “‘Academic Détente’: IREX Files, Academic Reports, and ‘American’ Adventures of Soviet Americanists during the Brezhnev Era,”Les Cahiers du Monde russe, 2014, Vol. 54, No. 1-2, 32 pages  See a link:

This is a summary (an abstract) of the article by Dr. Zhuk:

Starting with three Soviet Americanists in 1959, by the 1980s the Soviet-American academic exchange programs included 600 Soviet experts in American studies traveling in US on regular basis. These scholars became participants in the important cultural dialogue between Soviet and American societies, “opening” both societies to each other and widening their intellectual and cultural horizons. At the same time the Soviet scholars’ actions were monitored by both the Soviet intelligence and representatives of various US federal agencies. Comparison of Soviet and American intelligence information gives a unique picture of cultural dialogue during the academic exchanges in the era of détente from two different points of view.

Using the documents of International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) from the Manuscript Collection of the Library of Congress, the Soviet intelligence travel reports, personal memoirs, diaries, correspondence, more than seventy interviews, and concentrating on personal stories of Soviet Americanists like Nikolai Bolkhovitinov, this article explores a development of the cultural dialogue between Soviet and American scholars, so called academic détente, during the Brezhnev era.​

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