How was the intelligentsia not a particular social group with diverse boundaries or definable traits, which could be measured?
How would liberation of society from the authoritarian state usher in a period of unparalleled creativity as suggested by Russian intellectuals as well as artists?
In what ways did the Great War seal the destiny of individuals, such as Pasternaks, that associated with Russian intelligentsia?
“Stalinism not only subverted the revolutionary message but alsomanipulated the intelligentsia’s traditional values ofself-improvement, social activism and commitment to being an agent ofhistorical progress (Zubok, 2009).”
The quote relates to a possible topic on “The influence ofStalinism on soviet intelligentsia”. Following the Bolshevikrevolution in 1917, artists as well as intellectuals were involved inthe struggle amid the previous Tsarist and novel soviet culture. Mostindividuals from the former intelligentsia were besieged by thetraumatic changes and permitted themselves to become entangled in thehistorical current. There are those that became informers to thesecret police, while others saw Stalin as a historical incarnation.The Great Terror during the 1930s was a historical period when theapprehension and survival amidst intellectuals, or artists acted as astrong corrective to their desires. Even those that had becomemembers of the revolution willingly became members of the Revolutionand worked for the Bolshevik era through war communism, NEP and theinitial era of Stalinist transformations felt ensnared. The eramandated personal endorsement of terror from all members of Sovietintelligentsia. This was through indignant speeches during rallies,or signature in form of general letters made public in Soviet media.Many intellectuals ruined their archives, burned diaries inapprehension of detention and questioning.
Zubok, V. M. (2009). Zhivago`schildren: The last Russian intelligentsia.Cambridge, Mass: BelknapPress of Harvard University Press.