Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Paul Hollander papers
Collection Number: 2007C23
Creator: Hollander, Paul, 1932-
13 manuscript boxes
(5.2 linear feet)
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Writings, correspondence, curricular materials, and questionnaires, relating mainly to attitudes of American intellectuals
toward communist countries and of American visitors to communist countries.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
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[Identification of item], Paul Hollander papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.
Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2007.
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||Born, Budapest, Hungary
||Left Hungary, taking up residence in Great Britain and then the United States
||B.A., London School of Economics
||M.A., University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
||Ph.D., Princeton University
||Assistant professor, Department of Social Relations, Harvard University
||Associate professor and professor, Department of Sociology, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Soviet and American Society: A Comparison
Political Pilgrims: Travels of Western Intellectuals in the Soviet Union, China, and Cuba, 1928-1978
The Many Faces of Socialism: Comparative Sociology and Politics
The Survival of the Adversary Culture: Social Criticism and Political Escapism in American Society
Anti-Americanism: Critiques at Home and Abroad, 1965-1990
Decline and Discontent: Communism and the West Today
Political Will and Personal Belief: The Decline and Fall of Soviet Communism
Discontents: Postmodern and Postcommunist
The End of Commitment: Intellectuals, Revolutionaries and Political Morality
The Only Superpower: Reflections on Strength, Weakness, and Anti-Americanism
Extravagant Expectations: New Ways to Find Romantic Love in America
Scope and Content of Collection
The Paul Hollander Papers in the Hoover Institution Archives consist of materials donated by Hollander in 2007, with subsequent
increments. They document only a portion of Hollander's work as a sociologist and author. This work concentrated on the
study of the political commitment of intellectuals, Western fellow travelers of the Soviet Union and other Communist bloc
countries, sources of anti-Americanism within the United States and abroad, and leftist disillusionment in the wake of the
collapse of Communist regimes in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.
The largest volume of material in the collection is in the Research Projects and Proposals series. This series is especially
notable because of its inclusion of much sociological raw data, accumulated and used by Hollander in some of his books, but
susceptible to further analysis and use. Substantial data from five projects are included in the collection. The most voluminous
data are in the form of questionnaire responses by American visitors to the Soviet Union in 1966. Hollander made use of this
data in his book Anti-Americanism: Critiques at Home and Abroad, 1965-1990 (1992) and in a journal article in Society (2007).
A second bloc of questionnaire responses on attitudes toward the United States was submitted by Canadian academics in 1989.
A third bloc of questionnaire responses on political attitudes was made by members of the conservative National Association
of Scholars in 1995.
In 1994 Hollander elicited free-form written replies from readers of an ad he placed in The Nation. American supporters of
the Soviet Union or other Communist bloc countries were invited to describe the sources of their political commitment and
how they had modified or reassessed it in the light of world events. Hollander drew upon these replies, present in the collection,
in his book The End of Commitment: Intellectuals, Revolutionaries and Political Morality (2006). Another group of transcripts
and summaries of interviews of intellectuals from the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe was made about the same time, dealt
with the same questions, and is also present in the collection.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Communism and intellectuals.