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The Russian Reading Revolution : Print Culture in the Soviet and Post-Soviet Eras - S. Lovell

The Russian Reading Revolution

Print Culture in the Soviet and Post-Soviet Eras

By: S. Lovell

Hardcover Published: 24th February 2000
ISBN: 9780333778265
Number Of Pages: 215

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Of all of Soviet cultural myths, none was more resilient than the belief that the USSR had the world's greatest readers. This book explains how the 'Russian reading myth' took hold in the 1920s and 1930s, how it was supported by a monopolistic and homogenizing system of book production and distribution, and how it was challenged in the post-Stalin era; first, by the latent expansion and differentiation of the reading public, and then, more dramatically, by the economic and cultural changes of the 1990s.

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"Readers seeking to understand the current turbulence in post-Soviet culture will be well served by Lovell's comprehensive study of the Soviet reading public." - Choice

"...a valuable account of the evolution of print culture under Soviet rule." - Slavic Review

List of Illustrationsp. vi
Acknowledgementsp. vii
List of Abbreviationsp. viii
Introduction: Russia's Reading Mythp. 1
The Creation of the Soviet Readerp. 25
The Arrival of the New Reader: The Post-Stalin Periodp. 45
Reading Revitalized? The Perestroika Project and its Aftermathp. 72
The Periodical Press: Background and Case-Studiesp. 98
Reading in Post-Soviet Russiap. 128
Conclusionp. 156
Notes and Referencesp. 160
Bibliographyp. 202
Indexp. 213
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ISBN: 9780333778265
ISBN-10: 033377826X
Series: Studies in Russia and East Europe
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 215
Published: 24th February 2000
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1