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Harley D. Balzer

Former Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar
Kennan Institute

Russia and Eurasia
Associate Professor of Government and International Affairs, Georgetown University
Wilson Center Project(s):
A Social History of Engineers and Engineering Culture in Russia and the USSR, 1880-1980
Jun 01, 1985
Feb 01, 1986

Project Summary

A combination of elements of social history and the history of science and technology in a study of engineers’ roles in Russian and Soviet society and politics; analysis of why engineers came to dominate the Soviet political leadership, why this is now changing, and what the implications of engineering ascendancy have been for Soviet science and technology and for Soviet society; development of professions in an autocratic political system; role of technocratic ideologies as mechanisms of political legitimation

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