Lecture by Ernest Gellner on fieldwork in the Soviet Union, 1988-9

Public lecture given in October 1989 by Professor Ernest Gellner. He reflected on his year spent in the Soviet Union on the eve of the collapse of communism.

The lecture was given to a Cambridge audience in the Rayleigh Lecture theatre in the Social and Political Sciences Faculty. Professor Gellner had flown in that morning from America. It was filmed, using a video 8 camera, by Humphrey Hinton. It was chaired by Dr. Alan Macfarlane. The video is unedited. The lecture lasts for about 65 minutes.