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И опять, к вопросу о "репрессированной науке": Кое-что об авторитарности, интриге и коррупции

В Институте психологии РГГУ в знак протеста против авторитарности :), интриганства :)) и коррупции :))) руководства этого научно-учебного заведения подали заявления на увольнение сотрудники:

1. Кравцова, Е.Е.
2. Кравцов, Г.Г.
3. Кравцов, Л.Г.
4. Кравцов, О.Г.

Продолжите ряд :)).
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Вестник Коммунистической Академии, 1922-1931

Journal of the Communist Academy
Вестник Коммунистической академии
Вестник Социалистической академии
Scanned issues of Vestnik Kommunisticheskoj Akademii for 1922–31, with a translated index for issues nr. 1–36 (1922–29).

OCR pdf-files (for the translated index see below):
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Vladimir Bekhterev (Bekhterew W., Bechterew W., Bechterev V.) in German and French

Here is what we have in terms of Bekhterev's (Bekhterew) lifetime publications in German and French, according to AbeBooks search engine, as of now [source: ], -- but to be continued, shortly:

* Les voies de conduction du cerveau et de la moelle
Bekhterew, W. v.

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Item Description: Stork, Paris, 1900. Large 8vo, pp. [4], x, 856, [32] (ads); 3 color plates, one folding; in original paper wrappers and glassine dust jacket; chip at top of spine, jacket with shallow tears at edges, endpapers foxed. With a cancel slip for the editor A. Maloine pasted over the publishing information on cover and title. This edition was translated from the second German edition, and is scarce in either language. A contemporary and critic of Pavlov, Bekhterew is known as the father of objective psychology and made a number of important discoveries on the functions of the cerebellum, medulla, and midbrain, amid other contributions. His sudden death after diganosing Stalin with paranoia lead many to suspect foul play. Bookseller Inventory # 47775

* Les fonctions nerveuses. Les fonctions bulbo-médullaires. 2 Vols.

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Item Description: Paris: Octave Doin, 1909-10., 1909. ads., 2 leaves, 372 pp, 14 figs., ads; ads, 2 leaves, 603 pp, 42 figs., ads. Original cloth. Marginal browning in text. Very Good. First Edition in French. Bookseller Inventory # 8917

* Bewusstsein und Hirnlokalisation : Rede, gehalten auf der allgemeinen Versammlung des VI. Kongresses russischer Aerzte zur Erinnerung an N. J. Pirogoff / von W. v. Bechterew. Translation of O lokalizatsii soznatel'noi deiatel'nosti u zhivotnykh i cheloveka.
Bekhterev ( Bekhterew Bechterew Bechterev) Vladimir Mikhailovich

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Item Description: Leipzig, Arthur Georgi, 1898. 50pp. original printed wrappers. Fine condition. Translation of O lokalizatsii soznatel'noi deiatel'nosti u zhivotnykh i cheloveka Translator R. Weineberg. Very scarce first German edition. Bookseller Inventory # 83974

* Die Funktionen der Nervencentra.
Bechterev [Bekhterev], Vladimir M

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Item Description: Fischer 1908-1911, Jena, 1908. Bechterev, Vladimir Michailovic (1857-1927). Die Funktionen der Nervencentra. Erstes Heft: Einleitung, Untersuchungsmethoden, Rückenmark und verlängertes Mark. [Zweites Heft: Kleinhirn, Mittelhirn, Zwischenhirn und subkorticale Ganglien. Drittes Heft: Hemisphären des Grosshirns.] Translated from the Russian by Richard Weinberg. 3 volumes. ix, 691; viii, 693-1336; x, 1337-2047pp. Text illustrations. Jena: Gustav Fischer, 1908-11. 248 x 167 mm. Library buckram, light wear, hinges cracked. Very good set, from the library of American neurologist Smith Ely Jelliffe (1866-1945), with his bookplate and signature in each volume. Embossed stamp of the Hartford Retreat Medical Library on each title; library call numbers on spines. First Edition in German of Bechterev’s Osnovy uchenia o funktsiakh mozga [Fundamentals of Brain Function] (1903-7). Bechterev was one of the most prominent neuroscientists of his era, playing a crucial role in the study of the development of the brain’s organization, neurophysiology, neuropathology and experimental psychology. In his Fundamentals of Brain Function, first published in Russian in seven volumes between 1903 and 1907, Bechterev included a summary of his extensive observations of the functions of the frontal lobes, confirming that extirpation of the frontal lobes destroys the capacity for goal-directed behavior. Animals deprived of their frontal lobes "do not evaluate the results of their actions as they should, cannot correlate new external impressions with past experience, and do not direct their movements and actions to their own advantage" (quoted in Luria, p. 251). The German edition of Bechterev’s book contains one of the first uses of the term "extrapyramidal" to describe neural structures. This copy is from the library of Smith Ely Jelliffe, author of Diseases of the Nervous System (1915; Garrison-Morton [online] 4599), founder of The Psychoanalytic Review and one of the first American book collectors in neuroscience, psychiatry and psychoanalysis. Bookseller Inventory # 43612

* Die Persönlichkeit : und die Bedingungen ihrer Entwicklung und Gesundheit
Bekhterev, Vladimir Mikhaĭlovich, 1857-1927.
Wiesbaden : J.F. Bergmann, 1906.
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How to study the history of а scientific conference: A paragon

Pretty cool stuff that, regardless of its topic and time period, demonstrates how research on scientific conferences should be done. Besides, from the standpoint of the historiography of psychology in the interbellum period this is a very informative piece, indeed. All texts are open access publication:

Ответственный редактор:
Д. В. Арзютов, С. С. Алымов, Д. Дж. Андерсон
Год издания:

Библиографическая информация:

От классиков к марксизму: совещание этнографов Москвы и Ленинграда (5–11 апреля 1929 г.) = From classics to marxism: the meeting of ethnographers from Moscow and Leningrad (5–11 April 1929) / Рос. акад. наук, Музей антропологии и этнографии им. Петра Великого (Кунсткамера), Абердинский университет (Шотландия, Великобритания); [под ред. Д. В. Арзютова, С. С. Алымова, Д. Дж. Андерсона]. — Санкт-Петербург: МАЭ РАН, 2014. — 511 с. — (Кунсткамера — Архив; т. 7).

Another exemplary piece, but in English, is Krementsov's exploration of the several twists and turns of the plot of the history of the genetics International Congress that was to be held in late 1930s in Moscow:
International Science Between the World Wars: The Case of Genetics
Preview here, but an electronic copy of the whole book is also available:

Among the studies on the history of Russian psychology and its involvement in international congresses of psychology (and allied sciences) there some relatively recent text available authored by Bogdanchikov, Yasnitsky, Stoyukhina & Mazilov, and, possibly, some other guys, but all these are quite far from the 'gold standard' established in the first two publications mentioned here. Way to go, guys! ;)
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"Stalin model of science" in psychology as a discipline and social practice in Russia

The materials of the discussion of the "Stalin model of science" in psychology as a scientific discipline, social practice and the set of shared values and attitudes of scientific community--from historical standpoint and in contemporary Russian Federation. The materials are presented here in logical and chronological sequence:

(1) Ясницкий А. СТАЛИНСКАЯ МОДЕЛЬ НАУКИ: ИСТОРИЯ И СОВРЕМЕННОСТЬ РОССИЙСКОЙ ПСИХОЛОГИИ // PEM: Psychology. Educology. Medicine. – 2015. – № 3-4 (part I);
URL: (дата обращения: 16.01.2016).

(2) Ясницкий А. ПРИГЛАШЕНИЕ К ДИСКУССИИ: ИСТОРИЯ СОВЕТСКОЙ И РОССИЙСКОЙ ПСИХОЛОГИИ // PEM: Psychology. Educology. Medicine. – 2015. – № 3-4 (part II);
URL: (дата обращения: 16.01.2016).

(3) Чупров Л. Ф., Костригин А. А., Мироненко И. А. ДИСКУССИЯ ПО СТАТЬЕ А. ЯСНИЦКОГО «СТАЛИНСКАЯ МОДЕЛЬ НАУКИ: ИСТОРИЯ И СОВРЕМЕННОСТЬ РОССИЙСКОЙ ПСИХОЛОГИИ» // PEM: Psychology. Educology. Medicine. – 2015. – № 3-4 (part II);
URL: (дата обращения: 16.01.2016).

Presumably, to be continued.

* (главный редактор журнала),
* (ответственный секретарь журнала).
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Revisionist Revolution in Vygotsky Studies as deathblow to "Vygotsky bubble"? Пузырь Выготского-2016

The story of the "Vygotsky boom", aka "Vygotsky cult', dates back to late 1970s and has its logic of development. Jerome Bruner on a number of occasions in 1960s-1970s prophesied the "boom" to come, but all in vain. The turning point is 1978 and the publication of the fake, the quasi-Vygotsky's "Mind in Society" by Michael Cole and his collaborators, who appear to have expected the blow to their reputations not to mention fiscal losses the book would cause. The reasons why Vygotsky got so popular in the West thereafter are not of entirely clear nature, but a combination of factors could have been in play. They include the disappointment with Piaget (whose ideas were perceived as too "natalist" and "biological deterministic") and the need in another authority who could serve in support of educational optimism of the environmentalist, interventionist, and teacher-centered approach to learning and instruction. This one was termed "social constructivism". The publication of Toulmin's "The Mozart of psychology" essay might have played its role, too, but given that the main message of the paper -- the idea of the inseparable unity of the Vygotsky-Luria project of the "historical materialist" psychology -- apparently remained virtually totally unnoticed, the impact of this particular publication seems to have been minimal and chiefly propagandist. Since then, the star of Vygotsky -- exemplified by Michael Cole's "Mind in Society" has always been rising. In fact, it was rising until quite recently.

Indeed, if only Google Scholar is a trustworthy instrument in such matters, we clearly see that the number of references to the notorious "Mind in Society" has been continuously rising from 1979 until 2013. Yet, 2014 appears to be the break point: this was the first year when the number of quotes to this source slightly declined. Curiously, the number of quotes to another "Vygotskian star" -- cumulative quotes to the publications actually authored by Michael Cole -- also started its decline. This might suggest that what we experiencing now is the transition from the "Vygotsky boom" to the phase of the "Vygotsky bubble" that has already started shrinking and continues do so right at this very point.

Curiously, the disappointment with the "Vygotsky cult" has been explicitly expressed a lot of times from early 1980s up to now, and the phrase seems to have been first pronounced as early as 1991 (the credits go to Sheldon White). Yet, it took another "revolution" to be first openly stated in a publication of 2012 along with a series of critical studies of 2010s for the dramatic change to really take place. These studies were summarized in a most recent book project: Yasnitsky, A. & van der Veer, R. (Eds.) (2015/2016). Revisionist Revolution in Vygotsky Studies. London and New York: Routledge, -- followed by another one: Yasnitsky, A., van der Veer, R., Aguilar, E. & García, L.N. (Eds.) (in press, 2016). Vygotski revisitado: una historia crítica de su contexto y legado. Buenos Aires: Miño y Dávila Editores (in Spanish). It is not clear yet what other factors were in play, but the impact of the consolidated "Revisionist revolution" in the start of the collapse of the "Vygotsky bubble" seems to be very probable.

Yet, chances are that the trend might still reverse, which makes the whole game of guessing the future even more exciting and breath-taking. So, the bets are still accepted, and the question is: Will this year of 2015 continue the declining trend in the number of quotes to "Mind in Society" (whoever actually wrote it) and, by extension, the references to the cumulative published output by Michael Cole, in which his :) "Mind in Society" consistently comprises more than a half, if Google Scholar is to be trusted.

For the sake of curiosity, Google Scholar quote numbers will be monitored, recorded here, and updated on a regular basis. Only the decade of 2010s will be indicated in the table, below. Yet, the sources for the measurements are all online.
"Mind in Society":
Michael Cole:

So, this is what we have as of today, [update:]November 3, 10, 20, 30, December 10, 20, 31, 2015; January 10, 20, 31; February 10, 20, 29, March 10, 20, 31, April, 10, 20, 30, May, 10, 20, 31, June 10, 20, 30, July 10, 20, 31, August 10, 20, 31, September 10, 20, 30, October 10, 20, 31, November 10, 20, 30 December 10, 20, 31, 2016:

"Mind in Society":

Michael Cole (including "Mind in Society" references, for comparison see the table above):

So, the question is: is there a new trend -- or not?
We will see that pretty soon :).

[Update of November 20, 2015] Besides, it is truly exciting to observe the amazing dynamics of GoogleScholar citing rate changes. Yet another piece of data to consider from the perspective of the question as to what extent GoogleScholar is useful and usable as a research tool in the studies of the kind...[/Update]

[Update of January 11, 2017] The update of the tables has been discontinued as of now and here. For the continued data update and statistics for the 2017 see a newer post at
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Revisionist Revolution in Vygotsky Studies


Lev Vygotsky is one of those titans of psychology who have been grossly and unfairly misperceived. A subtly cultural and deeply politicized author, Vygotsky creatively combined Freudian and Trotskyite, developmental and linguist influences. This book gives a thorough revision of Vygotsky’s heritage, which is indispensable for everyone who reads and follows Vygotsky the psychologist’. - Alexander Etkind, European University at Florence, Italy

An indispensable volume for the intellectual project of coming to terms with Vygotsky’s theory and adapting it to current problems in new contexts’. – Peter Smagorinsky, The University of Georgia, USA

Yasnitsky and van der Veer offer a sharp polemic with ‘cultism’ in Vygotsky Studies, rooting their revisionist arguments in an original historical reconstruction and deconstruction of the Vygotskian legacy in the Soviet Union, post-Soviet Russia and the wider world. This collection of studies sheds new light on the history of the reception and promotion of Vygotsky and his ‘school’’. - Andy Byford, Durham University, UK
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Revisioninst Revolution in German (in progress)

Texts available and in progress (virtually, in press):

· Kurt Koffka: „Die Usbeken haben doch Illusionen!“

· Die Aufzeichnung der psychologischen Veröffentlichungen Vygotskijs.

· Dekonstruktion der Legende von Vygotskys Viktimisierung: Eine Überprüfung der „Stalinistischen Unterdrückung“ der Theorie Vygotsky’s.

· [LSV]. Der nackte Kaiser

· Vygotskij Übersetzungen: Probleme einer transnationalen Vygotskij-Wissenschaft

· Der Vygotsky-Kreis als ein persönliches Netzwerk von Wissenschaftlern.

· [KaZa]. Tagebücher, Notizen, wissenschaftliche Manuskripte von L.S. Vygotsky (1912-1934) : Ergebnisse einer Arbeit im Familienarchiv. (translation not finished until now)

· Der Archetyp der sowjetischen Psychologie als wissenschaftliche Disziplin und soziale Praktik. (translation not finished until now)
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"Vygotsky in His, Our and Future Times": History of the Human Sciences special issue

History of the Human Sciences
Table of Contents
April 2015; 28 (2)

Vygotsky in His, Our and Future Times
Guest editor: Gordana Jovanović

Gordana Jovanović
Vygotsky in his, our and future times
History of the Human Sciences April 2015 28: 3-7, doi:10.1177/0952695115577691

Jerome Bruner
The uneasy relation of culture and mind
History of the Human Sciences April 2015 28: 8-9, doi:10.1177/0952695115575348

Gordana Jovanović
Vicissitudes of history in Vygotsky’s cultural-historical theory
History of the Human Sciences April 2015 28: 10-33, doi:10.1177/0952695115577227

Harry Daniels
Mediation: An expansion of the socio-cultural gaze
History of the Human Sciences April 2015 28: 34-50, doi:10.1177/0952695114559994

Vladimir P. Zinchenko
Should the ‘postulate of directness’ be overcome?
History of the Human Sciences April 2015 28: 51-71, doi:10.1177/0952695115580733

Carlos Cornejo
Searching for the microcosm: A glimpse into the roots of Vygotsky’s holism
History of the Human Sciences April 2015 28: 72-92, doi:10.1177/0952695114563842

Jaan Valsiner
The place for synthesis: Vygotsky’s analysis of affective generalization
History of the Human Sciences April 2015 28: 93-102, doi:10.1177/0952695114559530

René van der Veer
Vygotsky, the theater critic: 1922–3
History of the Human Sciences April 2015 28: 103-110, doi:10.1177/0952695114559531

Kirill Maslov
‘Neither class, nor party’: Paradoxes and transformations of the Russian and Soviet scientific intelligentsia
History of the Human Sciences April 2015 28: 111-127, doi:10.1177/0952695115580751

Jennifer Fraser and Anton Yasnitsky
Deconstructing Vygotsky’s victimization narrative: A re-examination of the ‘Stalinist suppression’ of Vygotskian theory
History of the Human Sciences April 2015 28: 128-153, doi:10.1177/0952695114560200

Alexandre Métraux
Lev Vygotsky as seen by someone who acted as a go-between between eastern and western Europe
History of the Human Sciences April 2015 28: 154-172, doi:10.1177/0952695115575410

Luciano Mecacci
Vygotsky’s reception in the West: The Italian case between Marxism and communism
History of the Human Sciences April 2015 28: 173-184, doi:10.1177/0952695115575409