Joseph Stalin: Rise, Fall, Repeat.
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Buy As Gift. Overview This profile looks at how Stalin, despite being regarded as intellectually inferior by his rivals, managed to rise to power and rule the largest country in the world, achievieving divine-like status as a dictator. This essential biography, by the author most deeply familiar with the vast archives of the Soviet era, offers an unprecedented, fine-grained portrait of Stalin the man and dictator.
About the Author Oleg V. Praise For… "[A] beautifully constructed, lucid, and brief new life of the dictator. Written with fluent sobriety and humour the book is a constant pleasure to read. No book of history is ever definitive: new facts trickle out, new writers bring new perspectives to bear.
This is the charm of the genre. But some history books can become classics for layer generations.
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If you read just one biography this year, make it this one. Richardson, Russian Life. Symbols and emblems featured in Soviet posters of the Civil War and the s gave visual meaning to the Bolshevik worldview dominated by the concept of class. Beginning in the s, visual propaganda became more prescriptive, providing models for the appearance, demeanor, and conduct of the new social types, both positive and negative. Political art also conveyed important messages about the sacred center of the regime which evolved during the s from the celebration of the heroic proletariat to the deification of Stalin.
Treating propaganda images as part of a particular visual language, Bonnell shows how people "read" them—relying on their habits of seeing and interpreting folk, religious, commercial, and political art both before and after as well as the fine art traditions of Russia and the West.
Drawing on monumental sculpture and holiday displays as well as posters, the study traces the way Soviet propaganda art shaped the mentality of the Russian people the legacy is present even today and was itself shaped by popular attitudes and assumptions. Iconography of Power includes posters dating from the final decades of the old regime to the death of Stalin, located by the author in Russian, American, and English libraries and archives.
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