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Organized Panel Session

59 - Asia Learns from the Soviet Union: Central Asia, China and India in the 1930s-1950s

7/6/2018
2:40 PM - 4:10 PM
Location: Casuarina, Lower Ground Floor

As 2017 commemorates the centennial of the Russian Revolution of 1917, many countries around the world have continued to feel the impact of the Soviet Union. Our panel focuses on three regions - Central Asia, China, and India - in four aspects of influence: resource investment, politics, education, and economic planning. Concentrating on the period between the 1930s and 1950s, these papers share a couple of questions in common: how did intellectuals, local elites, educators, and students strategically adapt the Soviet model to local circumstances? And in what ways did they respond, and in some cases even critique, the Soviet model?
As influential as the Soviet model seems our papers collectively articulate that Asian countries were not passive learners, but critical adaptors. Judd Kinzley’s paper focuses on the ways that Soviet planners helped shape long-term patterns of Chinese economic development in Xinjiang since the 1930s. Yidi Wu’s paper looks at the impact of Sovietization on Chinese higher education, and critiques to such change from students and professors in the 1950s. Nikhil Menon’s paper traces the Soviet intersection with Indian economic planning and its nascent computer program through the key figure of statistician P. C. Mahalanobis. Overall, our panel contributes to a more nuanced understanding of the Soviet influence in Central Asia, China, and India through historical, political and economic analysis.

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Hua-yu Li

Oregon State University, United States

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Judd Kinzley

University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States

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Nikhil Menon

University of Notre Dame, United States

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Hua-yu Li

Oregon State University, United States

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