Writing Assignment 1 Abstract


WritingAssignment 1


In this assignmentpaper, I’m briefly looking at a single topic concerning RussianActivism. The information acquired here will assist me in my laterin-depth analysis of the Russian Activism. The potential topic chosenis of my interest and a few paragraphs are written just to give aninsight of the whole idea expected later. Additionally, I have alsodiscussed a few paragraphs about what I have learnt this semester,for instance, the study on Kirill Medvedev.

My prime study liesin The Intelligentsia Reborn, an aspect that is seen inZubok’s book: ZHIVAGO’S CHILDREN.

TheIntelligentsia Reborn (1959-1962)

In the 1950s, theoptimism, illusions and social developments in Russia were boosted bythe rapid growth of the university graduates and a number of otherscholars who helped to spark a revival in the dictatorial regime.This change brought an extraordinary element in the Russia culturalhistory and intelligence. A small cohort of an ever growing educatedsociety began to develop a common self awareness that was so distinctfrom that of the mainstream. Hence, the period marked an opentransformation of the notions and intelligentsia. The idea wasearlier brought up by the aging, pre-revolutionary generation ofartists, teachers, scholars and thus picked up by the young communityduring that Stalinist era and the Thaw (Zubok,2009).

The activist usedscience, mass media and liberal arts merely to create a framework ofuniting the civic culture that needed this change. TheIntelligentsia Reborn began and spread from Moscow which wasconsidered as the prime cultural and educational centre.


Primarily, I havegiven an understandable and brief approach of what TheIntelligentsia Reborn is all about. I would like to expound onthe various conditions and challenges experienced during that period.Russia had many challenges in that time, one of the major drawbackswas the dictatorial regime of the then president Stalin- Stalinism. Iwould also like to detail on the types of strategies used to majorlyeducate the civilians and establish an intellectual property thatwould last longer, up to date.

In addition, I wouldalso like to study the various game changers who majorly started thisRussian Reborn. Such revolutionists like Zubok, Nikitin, Medvedev,Herzen, Chekhov, Nekrasov, Gogol and Blok remain an essential part ofThe Intelligentsia Reborn (Zubok,2009).

The funeral of BorisPasternak in 1960 is a chief focus of this study since it describesthe onset of Zhivago’s Children. I would like to shed more light onthis burial service since it involves the whole idea of the activismmovements. Why did Andrei Siniavsky and Yuli Daniel carry the lid ofthe Pasternak’s coffin? How the young people changed theirmentality after attending the funeral proceedings? The Russian way oflife before The Reborn- the destruction of the Russian peasantry!The life in the countryside is a primary study in this topic aswell.

Finally, I wouldalso like to like to study the significance of the Mayakovsky’sstatue and a number of poems that were popular in that period (Zubok,2009).


In this section, I’mre-visiting the notes that I already covered in the semester. ThusI’m delivering a brief concept that will help me to successfullylearn my chosen topic.

Key activists likeKrill Medvedev, Zubok, Hemment, Nikitin are also a crucial part inthe revolution take-over. For instance:

  • Kirill Medvedev is among the most celebrated artists and poets in the modern Russia. . He is a well-renowned poet. Medvedev has also been a campaigner for labor, as well as a member of “The Russian Socialist Movement, Vpered”. Medvedev and his small press called “the Free Marxist Publishing House” have published many books connected to politics, literature and art. He comes from a Soviet intelligentsia family as well.

Fundamentally, Ihave learnt that all these activists have one goal in common that isto establish an awareness that would help to mold a highlyintellectual society devoid of any kind of prejudices.


Zubok,V. (2009).&nbspZHIVAGO`SCHILDREN.Harvard University Press, 161-173.