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Reluctant Cold WarriorsEconomists and National Security$
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Vladimir Kontorovich

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190868123

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190868123.001.0001

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Beating Soviet Swords into Sovietological Ploughshares

Beating Soviet Swords into Sovietological Ploughshares

(p.153) 7 Beating Soviet Swords into Sovietological Ploughshares
Reluctant Cold Warriors

Vladimir Kontorovich

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the influences that inclined scholars in the field to recast their subject in civilian terms. Sovietologists belonged to a small, low-prestige field of economics. They were hired and promoted by their departmental colleagues working in the other fields of economics, and stood a higher chance of being treated favorably if their research could be seen as dealing with the issues of interest for the larger discipline, such as growth and economic development.

Keywords:   Sovietology, economics, professional norms, civilianization, essense of socialism, political bias, exculpatory incantations, Cold Warrior

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