Analysis and intepretation

Last week’s reading and discussion of the divide between rational and interpretive ways of thinking echoed a tension running through a research project that I am conducting this semester. I have a group of 11 students who are doing research on the Russian Flu (1889-1890). Some students have majors in history, but others are in business, biomedical engineering, biological sciences, and other scientific fields. Ten (of the eleven) also have the capacity to read source materials in languages other than English (Spanish, German, or French), which was part of the criteria for selecting them. The topic lends itself to quantitative analysis by looking at numbers of cases or deaths (hence the rational approach) but the nature of the source materials tends to defy quantification because they are incomplete, partial, or subjective (leading to a more interpretive approach). It’s been interesting working with the students on resolving these tensions — and having this experience running parallel to the NMS discussions.

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  4. is mid 1980’s were the first time in which western acts were allowed to tour in the U.S.S.R. and even in Soviet Russia itself. Western music encouraged and nurtured the new sense of freedom and individuality that was growing at the time. It also served as a means of protest against the failed Soviet regime.

    Though the influence of western music on Soviet Society was perhaps at its zenith during the Gorbachev era, this does not mean that western music was previously unavailable or unpopular in Soviet Russia. From the 1950’s onward there had been some form of a counterculture movement in the Soviet Union based around western Music. Soviet society was not immune to “Beatlemania” in the mid 1960’s, which laid the foundation for future social unrest. As Mikhail S

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