Brandenberger alters our understanding of how Soviet culture was created and how it held Soviet society together. Perhaps the greatest strength of the book is the foundation of documents on which it rests. Clearly the result of years of gathering, these documents show us Stalinism as received, as a set of social practices and discourses in constant revision and misuse. "National Bolshevism" illuminates broader debates about the functioning of Soviet society, the origins of national consciousness, and the formation of the subject with the modern state, and will be a widely read contribution to the field.--James von Geldern, Macalester CollegeFrom the Publisher:
During the 1930s, Stalin and his entourage rehabilitated famous names from the Russian national past in a propaganda campaign designed to mobilize Soviet society for the coming war. Legendary heroes like Aleksandr Nevskii and epic events like the Battle of Borodino quickly eclipsed more conventional communist slogans revolving around class struggle and proletarian internationalism. In a provocative study, David Brandenberger traces this populist "national Bolshevism" into the 1950s, highlighting the catalytic effect that it had on Russian national identity formation. Beginning with national Bolshevism's origins within Stalin's inner circle, Brandenberger next examines its projection into Soviet society through education and mass culture - from textbooks and belletristic literature to theatre, opera, film and the arts. Brandenberger then turns to the popular reception of this propaganda, uncovering glimpses of Stalin-era public opinion in letters, diaries and secret police reports. Controversd<"@ial insofar as Soviet social identity is commonly associated with propaganda promoting class consciousness, this study argues that Stalinist ideology was actually more Russian nationalist than it was proletarian internationalist. "National Bolshevism" helps to explain not only why this genre of populism survived Stalin's death in 1953, but why it continues to resonate among Russians today.
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Descripción Harvard Univ. Press, Cambridge, 2002. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. 378pp. Illustrated. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾". Nº de ref. de la librería 075769
Descripción Harvard University Press, 2002. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0674009061
Descripción Harvard University Press, 2002. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110674009061