Truth-telling, Conscience and Dissent in Late Soviet Russia: Evidence from Oral Histories

  title={Truth-telling, Conscience and Dissent in Late Soviet Russia: Evidence from Oral Histories},
  author={P. Boobbyer},
  journal={European History Quarterly},
  pages={553 - 585}
  • P. Boobbyer
  • Published 2000
  • Sociology
  • European History Quarterly
  • To succeed in Soviet society, it was necessary to speak in politically correct terms. The system had its rituals and ‘rules of the game’. Yet in the Brezhnev era, intellectuals started to challenge the official propaganda, and a culture emerged which emphasized the importance of ‘truth-telling’. This article explores this culture through oral history. Based on forty-one interviews with dissidents and reformist intellectuals, it shows how the consciences of dissidents were formed in Soviet… CONTINUE READING
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