Wilson Center Experts

Harley D. Balzer

Former Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar
Kennan Institute

Expertise:
Russia and Eurasia
;
Russia
Affiliation:
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
Term:
Jun 01, 1985
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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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