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Stalin's WorldDictating the Soviet Order$
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Sarah Davies and James Harris

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300182811

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300182811.001.0001

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Soviet Culture

Soviet Culture

(p.231) 6 Soviet Culture
Stalin's World

Sarah Davies

James Harris

Yale University Press

The chapter considers how Stalin talked and wrote about the controversial subject of the role of artists and the arts in the USSR. It examines his efforts to justify a broad “Soviet” rather than a narrowly “proletarian” culture, and to promote a heterogeneous vision of the USSR as a place where artists were expected to serve the political goals of the party-state while also enjoying creative freedom. The chapter pays particular attention to Stalin’s evaluations of individual works of “socialist realist” art, including film.

Keywords:   Stalin, Bolshevik party, proletarian Culture, socialist Realism, Soviet, culture, art, cinema

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