The Kremlin and the Schoolhouse

The Kremlin and the Schoolhouse

Reforming Education in Soviet Russia, 1917-1931
Larry E. Holmes
Distribution: World
Publication date: 12/1/1991
Format: cloth
ISBN: 978-0-253-32847-2
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" . . . an exciting, first-rate contribution to our understanding of Soviet history on several levels . . . and the relationship between tsarist and Soviet educational policies and practices." —Ben Eklof

“Larry E. Holmes' book is a fine, expert study of a difficult topic.” —The Historian

“ . . . this first-rate work definitely points the way toward a new understanding of the Soviet Union in the 1920s.” —Journal of Modern History

“ . . . a succinct and original study of early Soviet education and an engaging disaggregation of the convoluted relations among ideology, politics, and social reality in a revolutionary society . . . This well-researched, innovative, and insightful study is required reading for any serious student of early Soviet history.” —The Russian Review

“. . . elegantly written, a pithy fast paced, and intersting book . . .” —East West Education

Larry Holmes examines Soviet school policy from 1917 to 1931 in its ideological, political, institutional, and social dimensions.

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Table of Contents

Note on Transliteration

Part One: The Idea and the Reality, 1917-1921

I. A New School for a New Society
II. In Search of a Policy
III. In Search of a School and a Public
IV. Narkompros under Siege

Part Two: Change and Permanence in the 1920s

V. NEP and the Progressive Curriculm
VI. SLow History
Classroom Practice
VII. Teachers
A Preference for the Customary
VIII. The ABC’s beyond the School

Part Three: Compromise, 1925-1928

IX. Policy Running After Practice
X. Komsomol and the Technical Lobby
XI. A Threat of Failure

Part Four: Compromise Betrayed
XIII. Purges and Projects, 1929-1930
XIV. Slower History
XV. Policy Meets Practice, 1931


Statistical Appendices