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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

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

James Harris

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300182811.003.0006

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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