Lev Shternberg

Anthropologist, Russian Socialist, Jewish Activist


This intellectual biography of Lev Shternberg (1861–1927) illuminates the development of professional anthropology in late imperial and early Soviet Russia. Shortly after the formation of the Soviet Union the government initiated a detailed ethnographic survey of the country’s peoples. Lev Shternberg, who as a political exile during the late tsarist period had conducted ethnographic research in northeastern Siberia, was one of the anthropologists who directed this survey and consequently played a major role in influencing the professionalization of anthropology in the Soviet Union.
  • University of Nebraska Press; June 2009
  • ISBN 9780803224704
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  • Title: Lev Shternberg
  • Author: Sergei A Kan
  • Imprint: Bison Books