THE INTELLIGENTSIA REBORN 3
Thebook talks about the intellectual and cultural history of theRussians. It tries to explain how these histories were marked withextraordinary moments at the beginning of the sixties. There was asmall group of educated Russians that were seen to develop a commonself-awareness that was different to that of the Soviet mainstream.This was only after a few years of the partial opening to the outsideworld where people were seen to be a decimated, traumatized, and afragmented society. They were able to revive the notions, values andthe cultures of the Russian intelligentsia. The idea began to spreadamong the young people who were brought up and educated during theperiod of the late Stalinist and the law. They were also mobilizedand encouraged by the social movements that were driving at thesocial changes and developments by bridging the gaps between themacro and micro perspectives on social movements. This emergingcommunity also had a dream to bring up a private social life that wasseparate from that which their parents were held in thrall. Theyaimed at promoting moral ethics in humans. This was to begin withthem and in their circles of friends.
Accordingto the book, In December 1960, the young group came up with amagazine. It stated that they were the only community that had thedesire and ability to think and that they sort to understand thereality. This revival brought together people from the two differentworlds (Zubok,2009). These were the old who still had the beliefs in the milieu, andthere were those who were aspiring to be the composers of the newethos. As time went by, some of the old people no longer feared toraise their views to their young trusted friends. The rise of theseyoung people was found to be impressive. This reunion of the youngmen expressed the importance of education and how it could help inreviving a fallen culture or history.
Zubok,V. M. (2009). Zhivago`schildren: The last Russian intelligentsia.Cambridge, Mass: Belknap Press ofHarvard University Press.