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Thank You, Comrade Stalin!
Author: Jeffrey Brooks

ISBN: 9780691088679
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 17 May 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.1
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Thank you, our Stalin, for a happy childhood." "Thank you, dear Marshal Stalin], for our freedom, for our children's happiness, for life." Between the Russian Revolution and the Cold War, Soviet public culture was so dominated by the power of the state that slogans like these appeared routinely in newspapers, on posters, and in government proclamations. In this penetrating historical study, Jeffrey Brooks draws on years of research into the most influential and widely circulated Russian newspapers--including "Pravda," "Isvestiia," and the army paper "Red Star"--to explain the origins, the nature, and the effects of this unrelenting idealization of the state, the Communist Party, and the leader.

Brooks shows how, beginning with Lenin, the Communists established a state monopoly of the media that absorbed literature, art, and science into a stylized and ritualistic public culture--a form of political performance that became its own reality and excluded other forms of public reflection. He presents and explains scores of self-congratulatory newspaper articles, including tales of Stalin's supposed achievements a...

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