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Bright Spots in a Bleak Russian Landscape

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Science  12 Mar 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5408, pp. 1621
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5408.1621

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Its economy in tatters, Russia trails many of its former satellites in pulling the social sciences from the ideological morass into which they sank during the Soviet era. Many universities are simply repackaging old, dogma-riddled courses; a streak of nationalism in the intellectual community also threatens to undermine reform. Nonetheless, some beacons have appeared on the horizon--think tanks, renewed departments in universities, and freestanding institutions for graduate education.