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Politics of Culture in Soviet Azerbaijan, 1920-40 (Hardcover) (Audrey L. Altstadt)

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The early Soviet Union’s "nationalities policy" involved the formation of many national republics, within which "nation building" and "modernization" were undertaken for the benefit of "backward" peoples. This book, in considering how such policies were implemented in Azerbaijan, argues that the Soviet policies were in fact a form of imperialism, with "nation building" and "modernization" imposed firmly along Soviet lines. The book demonstrates that in Azerbaijan, and more widely among western Turkic peoples, the Volga and Crimean Tatars, there were before the onset of Soviet rule long standing, well developed, forward looking, secular, national movements, which were not at all "backward" and which had different visions to the Soviets. The book shows how in the period 1920 to 1940 the two different visions competed with each other, with eventually the pre-Soviet vision of Azerbaijani culture losing out, and the Soviet version prevailing. The book examines the details of this Sovietization of culture: in language policy and the change of the alphabet, in education, higher education and in literature. The book concludes by exploring how pre-Soviet Azerbaijani culture survived to a degree underground, and how it was partially rehabilitated after the death of Stalin and more fully in the late Soviet period.

Number of Pages: 234
Genre: Social Science
Sub-Genre: Soviet Union, History
Series Title: Routledge Studies in the History of Russia and Eastern Europe
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Audrey L. Altstadt
Language: English
Street Date: June 29, 2016
TCIN: 51410025
UPC: 9781138639003
Item Number (DPCI): 248-20-9034
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