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Ideology and the Arts in the Soviet Union : The Establishment of Censorship and Control - (Hardcover)
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The decade immediately following the Bolsheviks' victory in the Russian Civil War saw an artistic and cultural flowering in Russia. Some of the great names of twentieth century culture—Bulgakov, Mayakovsky, Stanislavski, Prokofiev—rose to prominence with the new revolution. At the same time however, this period saw the creation of the complex censorship system which sought to control Russian theatre and literature through funding, censorship of the press, intimidation and violence. Lenin was an unambiguous supporter of total censorship and control of culture, while, interestingly, a young Stalin defended Bulgakov against charges of 'bourgeois' leanings. By charting the direction of theatre, literature and the Bolshevik leadership in this period, Steven Richmond provides a fascinating history of cultural life in communist Russia—and an insight into the character of totalitarianism itself. Essential reading for students and scholars of twentieth century social, literary and cultural history, this will become one of the key works on censorship in the early Soviet Union.
Number of Pages: 320
Genre: History, Art
Series Title: International Library of Twentieth Century History
Publisher: Tauris Academic Studies
Author: Steven Richmond
Street Date: December 30, 2018
Item Number (DPCI): 248-35-7160
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