Revisionist Revolution in Vygotsky Studies brings together recent critical investigations which examine historical and textual inaccuracies associated with received understandings of Vygotsky’s work. By deconstructing the Vygotskian narrative, the authors debunk the 'cult of Vygotsky', allowing for a new, exciting interpretation of the logic and direction of his theory. The chapters cover a number of important themes, including:

  • The chronology of Vygotsky’s ideas and theory development, and the main core of his theoretical writings
  • Relationships between Vygotskians and their Western colleagues
  • The international reception of Vygotskian psychology and problems of translation
  • The future development of Vygotskian science

Using Vygotsky’s published and unpublished writings the authors present a detailed historical understanding of Vygotsky’s thought, and the circumstances in which he worked. It includes coverage of the organization of academic psychology in the Soviet Union, the network of scholars associated with Vygotsky in the interwar period, and the assumed publication ban on Vygotsky’s writings.

This volume is the first to provide an overview of revisionist studies of Vygotsky’s work, and is the product of close international collaboration between revisionist scholars. It will be an essential contribution to Vygotskian scholarship, and of great interest to researchers in the history of psychology, history of science, Soviet/Russian history, philosophical psychology and philosophy of science.

part 1|26 pages

Contexts and people

chapter 1|24 pages

The archetype of Soviet psychology

From the Stalinism of the 1930s to the “Stalinist science” of our time
ByAnton Yasnitsky

chapter 2|23 pages

Unity in diversity

The Vygotsky–Luria circle as an informal personal network of scholars
ByAnton Yasnitsky

chapter 3|20 pages

Deconstructing Vygotsky's victimization narrative

A re-examination of the “Stalinist suppression” of Vygotskian theory
ByJennifer Fraser, Anton Yasnitsky

part 2|23 pages

Texts and legacy

chapter 4|21 pages

Vygotsky the published

Who wrote Vygotsky and what Vygotsky actually wrote
ByRené van der Veer, Anton Yasnitsky

chapter 5|33 pages

Vygotsky the unpublished

An overview of the personal archive (1912–1934)
ByEkaterina Zavershneva

chapter 6|14 pages

“The way to freedom”

Vygotsky in 1932
ByEkaterina Zavershneva

part 3|33 pages

Holism and transnationalism

chapter 7|31 pages

Translating Vygotsky

Some problems of transnational Vygotskian science
ByRené van der Veer, Anton Yasnitsky

chapter 8|26 pages

Did Uzbeks have illusions?

The Luria–Koffka controversy of 1932
ByEli Lamdan, Anton Yasnitsky

chapter 9|26 pages

A transnational history of “the beginning of a beautiful friendship”

The birth of the cultural-historical Gestalt psychology of Alexander Luria, Kurt Lewin, Lev Vygotsky, and others
ByAnton Yasnitsky

part 4|14 pages


chapter 10|12 pages

“Lost in translation”

Talking about sense, meaning, and consciousness
ByAnton Yasnitsky, René van der Veer