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Durham University

School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Russian Studies

Staff in the Department of Russian

Publication details for Professor Andy Byford

2006 (co-authored with Jones, Polly) 'Policies and Practices of Transition in Soviet Education from the Revolution to the End of Stalinism', History of Education 35, 419-426.

Author(s) from Durham


This essay introduces the major themes of the special issue by presenting the period between 1917 and 1953 as a time of intense yet ambiguous ‘Sovietization’ of education, a complicated era of turbulent sociohistorical ‘transition’ that cannot be reduced to massive political U‐turns and definitive shifts in educational policy. The changes that the emergent Soviet education underwent in the course of these decades were characterized by surprising overlaps and reversals across commonly accepted historical boundaries. The essay brings together and analyses the arguments put forward in the main articles of the collection, placing them in the context of the general historiography of this period.