GIVING AND TAKING ACROSS BORDERS: THE ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION AND RUSSIA, 1919–1928


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Abstract

Until recently, the links between Rockefeller philanthropies and Russian science and medicine during the 1920s have been virtually ignored, both in official Foundation histories and in Soviet accounts of foreign scientific relations. Materials from the newly-opened Russian archives and the Rockefeller Archive Center reveal dense and tangled connections between multiple Rockefeller givers and multiple Russian takers. Examining the ‘Russian matter’ from the perspective of both ‘givers’ and ‘takers’, this article highlights the impact of domestic and international politics on giving and taking across borders, and reveals the range of meanings of ‘internationalism’ in philanthropy.

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