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“Sovietization” is not just a cool sounding word.

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Connelly, John. Captive University: The Sovietization of East German, Czech, and Polish Higher Education, 1945-1956. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000

Thoughts by Ammon Shepherd.

John Connelly seeks to look at the process of “sovietization” through the lens of universities of higher education. Before Connelly’s research, it was thought that the process and outcome of the Soviet Union’s control over East Europe was consistent and equal across the board. Studies of individual nationalities had been done previously, and each showed the process in which universities and other aspects of a nation were sovietized. By looking closely at three nationalities together- East Germany, the Czech Republic, and Poland- Connelly can compare the sovietization processes and see more intricately the similarities and differences. Connelly shows that while many aspects of the sovietization of the universities are similar, each nation was able to supplement their own societal and national differences into the process. Connelly includes extensive notes and an lengthy bibliography.

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