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  • Collection Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Collection Summary

    Title: Paul Hollander papers
    Dates: 1961-2006
    Collection Number: 2007C23
    Creator: Hollander, Paul, 1932-
    Collection Size: 13 manuscript boxes (5.2 linear feet)
    Repository: 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
    Languages: English

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Paul Hollander papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2007.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    1932 Born, Budapest, Hungary
    1956 Left Hungary, taking up residence in Great Britain and then the United States
    1959 B.A., London School of Economics
    1960 M.A., University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
    1963 Ph.D., Princeton University
    1963-1968 Assistant professor, Department of Social Relations, Harvard University
    1968-2000 Associate professor and professor, Department of Sociology, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
    1973 Author, Soviet and American Society: A Comparison
    1981 Author, Political Pilgrims: Travels of Western Intellectuals in the Soviet Union, China, and Cuba, 1928-1978
    1983 Author, The Many Faces of Socialism: Comparative Sociology and Politics
    1988 Author, The Survival of the Adversary Culture: Social Criticism and Political Escapism in American Society
    1992 Author, Anti-Americanism: Critiques at Home and Abroad, 1965-1990
    1992 Author, Decline and Discontent: Communism and the West Today
    1999 Author, Political Will and Personal Belief: The Decline and Fall of Soviet Communism
    2002 Author, Discontents: Postmodern and Postcommunist
    2006 Author, The End of Commitment: Intellectuals, Revolutionaries and Political Morality
    2009 Author, The Only Superpower: Reflections on Strength, Weakness, and Anti-Americanism
    2011 Author, 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.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Americans--Communist countries.
    Communism and intellectuals.
    Intellectuals--United States.