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Peter Mandler

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300187854

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300187854.001.0001

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Swaddling the Russians (1947–51)

Swaddling the Russians (1947–51)

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Return from the Natives
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Peter Mandler

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300187854.003.0007

This chapter discusses how there is a certain amount of difficulty in examining the Russians' national character during the postwar years. Margaret Mead knew of this, just as much as she tried to avoid the analysis of both German and Japanese cultures. During the postwar years, the Russians were the foreign culture that the Americans most needed and want to know. If anthropology were to show its usefulness to international relations, it must then show something cultural about the Russians that other analyses could not possibly offer. Such analyses for the Russian culture would prove to be dangerous, as they could be used to provoke hostile responses from both the military and the government.

Keywords:   culture, national character, Russians, military, government, postwar years

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