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The Soviet TheaterA Documentary History$
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Laurence Senelick and Sergei Ostrovsky

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300194760

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300194760.001.0001

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The First Five-Year Plan, 1928–1932

The First Five-Year Plan, 1928–1932

(p.292) Chapter Five The First Five-Year Plan, 1928–1932
The Soviet Theater

Laurence Senelick

Sergei Ostrovsky

Yale University Press

This chapter turns to the history of Soviet theater from 1928 to 1932. The Five-Year Plan was executed to make the USSR an industrial nation. While collectivization had little effect on the arts, industrialization required their full participation as impetus and propaganda. In 1928, Sovnarkom created an Arts Sector of the Commissariat of Enlightenment (Glavnoe Upravlenie delam khudozhestvennogo literatury i iskusstva), or Glaviskusstvo for short. Glavrepertkom was incorporated as an office within it and was charged with monitoring and approving all plays prior to production. Its name was changed to the Council for Belles-Lettres and Art (Sovet po khudozhestvennom literatury i iskusstv) in September 1929, and it was moved from Narkompros to Sovnarkom. A massive censorship machine was another new project under construction.

Keywords:   Soviet theater, Soviet history, USSR, industrialization, Sovnarkom, Glaviskusstvo, Glavrepertkom, censorship

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