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Lobanov Recalls Unique Past

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Because he has lived in the 19th
century, Prof. Andrei Lobanov-
Rostovsky of the history depart-
ment has the unique privilege of
being regarded by his students as
either "an antique or a zoo speci-
Having taught at the University
for the past eight years, he has
become almost an institution-or
as he would say, a "curiosity."
Many of his students declare
that his course is a "must."
However, he himself recalls ov-
erhearing a coed remark after a
lecture, "It was interesting, but
I don't know what he was talk-
ing about.
But despite student opinion, the
historian still classes his early
and present life as "quite usual
for anyone in my position and
BORN IN Japan and not mak-
ing the acquaintance of his na-
tive Russia until he was eight
years old, the young aristocrat
was educated in the strict manner
of the times with the accent on
arts and language.
By the time he was 10 years
old he had mastered five lang-
Contrasting his upbringing with
that of today's youth, Prof. Loba-
nov reports that "the emphasis
was on 'thou shalt not'."
He pointed out that the free-
dom of the student of today
would have been completely
alien to his youth. Escorting
two young cousins without a
chaperone to a concert at 18
years old "was a great privi-
lege," he said.
When he was .19 years old,
Lobanov began to prepare him-
self for the diplomatic corps.
But with the outbreak of World
War I a series of events began to
turn him from a budding diplomat
to a full-fledged professor.
STARTING out in the Imperial
Guards, he claims to be one of

G&S To Give
The Gilbert and Sullivan Soci-
ety will award its first annual $100
scholarship to a member of the
company's cast before the open-
ing of the forthcoming double-bill
production of "H.M:S. Pinafore"
and "Trial by Jury."
The latest G&S venture into the
realm of light opera will take place
May 6 to 9 in Pattengill Audi-
torium at the Ann Arbor High
Spokesmen for the financially
successful Society said the scho-
larship was made possible be-
cause of profits from the group's
At the present time the organi-
zation has a bank account of $1,-
700. The first scholarship is to be
awarded on the basis of service to
the group, financial need and gen-
eral academic ability.
Tickets for "H.M.S. Pinafore"
and "Trial by Jury" will go on sale
today in the lobby of the Adminis-
tration Bldg. They are priced at
$1.20 and 90 cents.
'Pogo' Cartoonist.
To SpeakToday
Walt Kelly, creator of the comic
strip "Pogo," will speak on "How
Academic is Freedom?" at 3 p.m.
tomorrow in the Rackham Lecture
Kelly was named "Cartoonist
of the Year" in 1952 by the Na-
tional Cartoonists Society. The
award was giver in recognition of
the rapid rise to popularity of his
comic strip character, "Pogo," the
possum who romps with his four-
legged playmates through an im-
aginary world named "Okeefeno-
Kelly's talk is sponsored by the
journalism department.

"France'stgovernment is stable,"
according to Prof. Maurice Du-
verger of the Universities of Bor-
deaux and Paris and vice-presi-
dent of the International Political
Science Association, who made a
whirlwind tour of the campus yes-
Speaking in rapid, gesticulating
French, swiftly followed by an
English translation from his offi-
cial interpretor, Prof. Duverger
explained, "Since France is not
governed by her ministers, but
rather by the heads of various ad-
ministrative offices, the rise and
fall of premiers is of little im-
Politicians may change but not
the politics, he said.
S* *
SURROUNDED by a group of!
bio-linguistic and monolinguistic
students and instructors at a po-
litical science coffee hour, Prof.
Duverger spoke confidently of,
France's economic stability. {
Her economic situation is not
to be confused with her finan-
cial state, the professor noted.
France's financial picture is
grave because the Indo-Chinese
war eats up one quarter of the
entire budget and is a cause of
constant inflation, he said.
"Yet France is almost self suf-
ficient. If an economic crisis were
to hit the world, France would notl
feel it as much as other European
"If it were not for the war inl
Indo-China and rearmament as a1

300 million dollars excluding mili-
tary aid.)

Visiting Professor Calls France Stable

briefly on the decline of France's
Communist party membership, al-
most a 50 per cent drop during
the last four years.
"The party has only lost one in.
10 who actually vote the party
ticket," he added. "Voters don't
make party members in France.
There is no other way to show
dissatisfaction with the present
government because of the dread-
fully weak Socialist Party."
When asked whether he thought
France would ever get around to
signing the European Defense
Community agreement," the vo-
latile political scientist threw up
his arms and said, "Qui sait?"
(Who knows?)
"Mr. Gallup made a mistake in
1948," he said, "and I would rather
not fall into the same trap.
THE professor attributes French
reluctance to sacrifice her eco-
nomic union with the Saar to ten-
sion over German re-armament.
As long as the Saar remains po-
litically independent with French
economic ties, France can stand
on an almost equal industrial foot-
ing with Germany, he explained.
He recalled also, the recent Saar
elections which showed a strong
opinion among the Saarlanders in
favor of their Europeanization and
the possibility of becoming a "Dis-
trict of Columbia of a United Eur-
ope," as preferred to being return-
ed to Germany.

Alken Talks
On History
"History does not judge itself-
it is we who must make the judg-
ments in terms of our own values
and hopes," Prof. Henry D. Aiken
of the philosophy department said
yesterday at a *meeting of the
Graduate History Club.
All history is written from a
point of view, Prof. Aiken said, not
because the historian is deliber-
ately biased, but because he must
decide which facts are relevant to
history and this decision itself in-
volves a value judgment.
Therefore, use of history to pre-
dict events would be limited and
could only be made in piecemeal
fashion, the professor observed.
He added that any sweeping pre-
diction based on natural laws are
prophetic rather than hypotheti-
cal because they involve to a great
extent value judgment.
It would be impossible to pre-
dict the general state of the world
10 years from now on the basis of
history, Prof. Aiken said.
Speakers To Talk
On Study, Travel
"Work, Study and Travel" will
be the theme of a Travel Night
meeting, to be held at 7:30 p.m.
today at Lane Hall.
The program will feature speak-
ers who have traveled according
to various plans, from luxury lin-
ers to student workcamp projects.



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constant threat, France could do
without outside aid."
(This would mean without Mar-
shall plan funds which amount to
Jones To Discuss
Shakespeare Play
W. Powell Jones, Dean of Adel-
bert College of Western Reserve
University will give a lecture, "On
Re-reading King Lear," at 4:15
p.m. tomorrow in Auditorium C,
Angell Hall,


the few people to have served in
three armies in four years - the
Russian, French and White Rus-
sian, besides three days in the
British cavalry.
One of his worst memories
was being forced to attend and
learning how to survive all-day
drinking banquets which the
officers held to combat tedium
between bouts of front line duty.
He has one reaction about the
revolution-a determination "nev-
er to see another one in my life."
"It is just chaos, blood and
the exhibition of the worst of
bestial, human traits."
Escaping from Russia penniless,
he spent three hectic years in
Paris. He worked during the day
adding and dividing long columns
of figures-"I never found out
what for"-and attended classes

in the evening, studied at night
and average five hours sleep a
day. But he emerged triumphant
at the end with his degree.
EXPLAINING why he chose to
teach history, Prof. Lobanov said,
"The'study of man is essential
and history is an absolute prere-
quisite to the proper understand-
ing of life."
The historian described his
philosophy of life, "The task as-
signed to man is to increase his
intellect and that intangible which
we call the spirit."
He cautioned that life does not
give man the satisfaction that he
expects and he must not look for
it, but "life gives .the opportunity
for. the development of the indi-
vidual and through the individual
the development of the race."



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