The rebellious republic: the 1958 education reform and Soviet Latvia

Loader, M. (2016) The rebellious republic: the 1958 education reform and Soviet Latvia. Journal of the Institute of Latvian History, 2016(3), pp. 113-139.

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In 1958, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev attempted to reform the Soviet education system. The reform effectively proposed making studies of the titular language in schools in each Soviet Republic voluntary. This was not, however, the Stalin era. The Latvian national communists considered the reform as a linguistic Russification campaign and took advantage of the circumstances of Khrushchev’s de-Stalinisation programme to vociferously oppose Moscow’s imposition of the reform, drawing on public support in a uniquely free and unfettered debate in Latvia. This article examines the national communist challenge towards the reform and explores the impact of this resistance on the centre–periphery relationship.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Loader, Dr Michael
Authors: Loader, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Central and East European Studies
Journal Name:Journal of the Institute of Latvian History
Publisher:Institute of Latvian History at the University of Latvia

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