The entire history of the relationship between East and West, from the Greeks in antiquity through the time of the Crusades in the Middle Ages, and extending up to the modern and contemporary era… [was marked] by attempts [on the part of the West] to enslave the East…rendering the East voiceless… [Naturally] this sinister enterprise [was] reflected in the scholarship of the East.
S. F. Oldenbourg, «Sovietskoe vostokovedenie», p. 65.
Literature about the colonies has become a weapon of the European elite’s political propaganda in their colonialist aggression.
S. Vel’tman, Vostok v khudozhestvennoi literature, p. 42.
Most would ascribe these statements to the late Columbia University professor of comparative literature, Edward Said. They would also guess that the passages are from his influential book of 1978, Orientalism, which argued that European academics studied Asia all the better to subjugate it. In fact, they were written by two Soviet academics. Sergei Oldenbourg, a prominent Bud...