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By Sergei Kan

This highbrow biography of Lev Shternberg (1861–1927) illuminates the improvement anthropology in past due imperial and early Soviet Russia. presently after the formation of the Soviet Union the govt. initiated an in depth ethnographic survey of the country’s peoples. Lev Shternberg, who as a political exile through the overdue tsarist interval had carried out ethnographic learn in northeastern Siberia, was once one of many anthropologists who directed this survey and accordingly performed a big function in influencing the professionalization of anthropology within the Soviet Union.

But Shternberg used to be even more than a central authority anthropologist. below the hot regime he persevered his paintings because the senior curator of the St. Petersburg Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, which started within the early 1900s. within the final decade of his lifestyles Shternberg additionally performed a number one function in constructing a brand new Soviet tuition of cultural anthropology and in education a cohort anthropologists. real to the beliefs of his formative years, he additionally persevered an lively involvement within the highbrow lifetime of the Jewish neighborhood, even if the hot regime used to be making it more and more difficult.
 
This in-depth biography explores the scholarly and political features of Shternberg’s lifestyles and the way they inspired one another. It additionally areas his profession in either nationwide and foreign views, displaying the context during which he lived and labored and revealing the real advancements in Russian anthropology in the course of those tumultuous years.

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