Culture and Entertainment in Wartime Russia

Culture and Entertainment in Wartime Russia

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This lively and often moving collection of essays is an important contribution to Western scholarship on Soviet society and culture during the Second World War.... [a] straightforward but lively description of cultural life, unhampered by excessive interpretation or cultural theory. For all those who love Russia's cultural heritage, these essays cast a welcome spotlight on some of the people and pockets of life from that tragic but compelling time." -Canadian Slavonic PapersEnjoyable to read and accessible to the nonspecialist, Culture and Entertainment is not only an indispensable addition to any Soviet studies library but will prove valuable to anyone interested in or teaching courses on World War II, propaganda and popular culture, homefront politics, or the interacation between cultural creation and governmental power." -Journal of Modern HistoryThis comprehensive recollection of articles goes beyond cultural history, and provides an original approach to the study of war. War, we learn, is fought on many fronts, and the cultural one should not be underestimated." -SAIS Review... takes the reader to the heart of the patriotic struggle, to the cultural and spiritual imperatives that roused Russian resistance." -Canadian Military HistoryThis collection... furthers knowledge of Soviet high and popular culture, and also demonstrates the extremely important role that cultural productions played in helping to maintain Soviet spirits in the midst of the Nazi onslaught." -ChoiceThis anthology of scholarly articles provides surprising insights into Soviet cultural propaganda during the Great Patriotic War." -War, Literature and the Arts"... the essays here provide much food for thought and constitute a valuable addition to a relatively neglected area of study." -The Slavonic ReviewWorld War II (The Great Patriotic War) had a pronounced cultural and emotional impact on the Russian people. The subjects of these essshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 18mm | 300g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253209498
  • 9780253209498

About Richard Stites

RICHARD STITES is Professor of History at Georgetown University and author of The Women's Liberation Movement in Russia; Revolutionary Dreams: Utopian Vision and Social Experiment in the Russian Revolution; and Russian Popular more

Table of contents

1. Introduction: Russia's Holy War-Richard Stites2. Pravda Goes to War-Jeffrey Brooks3. Dateline Stalingrad: Newspaper Correspondents at the Front-Louise McReynolds4. Radio Moscow: The Voice from the Center-James von Geldern5. Composing for Victory: Classical Music-Harlow Robinson6. Homeland, Home Town, and Battlefield: The Popular Song-Robert A. Rothstein7. Drama of Struggle: The Wartime Stage Repertoire-Harold B. Segel8. Frontline Entertainment-Richard Stites9. Images of Hate in the Art of War-Argyrios K. Pisiotis10. Black and White: The War on Film-Peter Kenez11. On the Making of Heroies, Heroines, and Saints-Rosalinde Sartorti12. The War of Remembrance-Nina TumarkinContributorsIndexshow more

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