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Popular Opinion in Stalin's Russia : Terror, Propaganda and Dissent, 1934-1941 - Sarah Davies

Popular Opinion in Stalin's Russia

Terror, Propaganda and Dissent, 1934-1941

Hardcover Published: 13th October 1997
ISBN: 9780521562140
Number Of Pages: 260

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Between 1934 and 1941 Stalin unleashed what came to be known as the 'Great Terror' against millions of Soviet citizens. The same period also saw the 'Great Retreat', the repudiation of many of the aspirations of the Russian Revolution. The response of ordinary Russians to the extraordinary events of this time has been obscure. Sarah Davies's study uses NKVD and party reports, letters and other evidence to show that, despite propaganda and repression, dissonant public opinion was not extinguished. The people continued to criticise Stalin and the Soviet regime, and complain about particular policies. The book examines many themes, including attitudes towards social and economic policy, the terror, and the leader cult, shedding light on a hugely important part of Russia's social, political, and cultural history.

'... the book provides some fascinating information about the impact of certain policies at grass-roots level.' Contemporary European History

Introduction: Economy and Society
Workers, the economy and labour policy
Peasants and the kolkhoz
Women, family policy, education
Religion and the nationalities question
Politics and Terror
International relations
The constitution and elections
The Great Terror
'Us' and 'Them': social identity and terror
The Leader Cult
The cult in official discourse
Affirmative representations of the leader and leader cult
Negative representations of the leader and leader cult
Conclusion
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ISBN: 9780521562140
ISBN-10: 0521562147
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 13th October 1997
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.55