The Birth of the Propaganda State: Soviet Methods of Mass Mobilization, 1917-1929

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 29, 1985 - History - 308 pages
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In this comprehensive study of the early development of the Soviet propaganda system, Peter Kenez describes how the Bolshevik Party went about reaching the Russian people. Throughout this book, Kenez is more concerned with the experience of the Soviet people than with high-level politics. The book is both a major contribution to our understanding of the genius of the Soviet state, and of the nature of propaganda in the modern world.
 

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Superb, well-researched, well supported account of a difficult to research topic. Loaded with useful information. Recommended.

Contents

List of illustrations
vii
Preface
ix
The Soviet concept of propaganda
1
The Civil War
19
The press
21
The prerevolutionary Bolshevik press
25
1917
29
The suppression of the nonBolshevik press
35
The literacy campaign
145
19214
146
ODN
153
19259
156
The Komsomol in the 19205
167
The composition of the Komsomol
168
The Komsomol in the Villages
177
The school for communism
185

The Soviet press during the Civil War
44
The struggle for the peasants
50
The oralagitation network
51
Agitational trains and ships
58
The Whites the church and the Bolslwiks
63
Liquidating illiteracy in revolutionary Russia
70
The Komsomol in the Civil War
84
The political use of books films and posters
95
Books
96
Films
104
Posters
111
The new economic policies
119
Political education
121
The political school system
128
The village reading room
134
The pioneers
190
The golden age of the Soviet cinema
195
The organization of the film industry
197
Films 19259
206
The audience
219
Press and book publishing in the 19205
224
Book publishing
239
Conclusion and epilogue
251
Epilogue
256
Notes
261
Glossary
286
Bibliography
289
Index
304
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