The Cult of Ivan the Terrible in Stalin's Russia

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Palgrave Macmillan, Oct 25, 2001 - History - 255 pages
Ivan IV, the 16th-century tsar notorious for his reign of terror, became an unlikely national hero in the Soviet Union during the 1940s. This book traces the development of Ivan's positive image, placing it in the context of Stalin's campaign for patriotism. In addition to historians' images of Ivan, the author examines literary and artistic representations, including Sergei Eisenstein's famous film Ivan the Terrible, banned for its depiction of the tsar which was interpreted as an allegorical criticism of Stalin.

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About the author (2001)

MAUREEN PERRIE is Professor of Russian History at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham. Her previous books include The Agrarian Policy of the Russian Socialist-Revolutionary Party, The Image of Ivan the Terrible in Russian Folklore and Pretenders and Popular Monarchism in Early Modern Russia.