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Showcasing the Great Experiment

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David-Fox has produced a deeply researched and original book that invites readers to rethink or revisit some big historiographical questions: continuity and change across the dividing line of 1917, the nature and origins of Stalinism, and the connection between internal and external factors in national development. Of obvious interest to historians of modern Russia, this book will also be read with great benefit by scholars interested in cultural, political, and transnational history.

Auteur
Michael David-Fox is Associate Professor in the Department of History and School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is the author of Revolution of the Mind: Higher Learning among the Bolsheviks, 1918-1929 and a founding editor of Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History.

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Showcasing the Great Experiment provides the most far-reaching account of Soviet methods of cultural diplomacy innovated to influence Western intellectuals and foreign visitors. Probing the declassified records of agencies charged with crafting the international image of communism.



Résumé
During the 1920s and 1930s thousands of European and American writers, professionals, scientists, artists, and intellectuals made a pilgrimage to experience the "Soviet experiment" for themselves. Showcasing the Great Experiment explores the reception of these intellectuals and fellow-travelers and their cross-cultural and trans-ideological encounters in order to analyze Soviet attitudes towards the West. Many of the twentieth century's greatest writers and thinkers, including Theodore Dreiser, André Gide, Paul Robeson, and George Bernard Shaw, notoriously defended Stalin's USSR despite the unprecedented violence of its prewar decade. While many visitors were profoundly affected by their Soviet tours, so too was the Soviet system. The early experiences of building showcases and teaching outsiders to perceive the future-in-the-making constitute a neglected international part of the emergence of Stalinism at home. Michael David-Fox contends that each side critically examined the other, negotiating feelings of inferiority and superiority, admiration and enmity, emulation and rejection. By the time of the Great Purges, these tensions gave way to the dramatic triumph of xenophobia and isolationism; whereas in the twenties the new regime assumed it had much to learn from Western modernity, by the Stalinist thirties the Soviet order was declared superior in all respects. Drawing on the declassified archival records of the agencies charged with crafting the international image of communism, David-Fox shows how Soviet efforts to sell the Bolshevik experiment abroad through cultural diplomacy shaped and were, in turn, shaped by the ongoing project of defining the Soviet Union from within. These interwar Soviet methods of mobilizing the intelligentsia for the international ideological contest, he argues, directly paved the way for the cultural Cold War.

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PREFACE ; INTRODUCTION: "RUSSIA AND THE WEST" IN A SOVIET KEY ; CHAPTER 1: CULTURAL DIPLOMACY OF A NEW TYPE ; CHAPTER 2: GOING WEST: SOVIET "CULTURAL" OPERATIONS ABROAD ; CHAPTER 3: THE POTEMKIN VILLAGE DILEMMA ; CHAPTER 4: GORKY'S GULAG ; CHAPTER 5: HARD-CURRENCY FOREIGNERS AND THE CAMPAIGN MODE ; CHAPTER 6: STALIN AND THE FELLOW-TRAVELERS REVISITED ; CHAPTER 7: GOING EAST: FRIENDS AND ENEMIES ; CHAPTER 8: RISE OF THE STALINIST SUPERIORITY COMPLEX ; EPILOGUE: TOWARD THE CULTURAL COLD WAR ; NOTES ; BIBLIOGRAPHY OF ARCHIVAL COLLECTIONS ; INDEX

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Titre: Showcasing the Great Experiment
Sous-titre: Cultural Diplomacy and Western Visitors to the Soviet Union, 1921-1941
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Code EAN: 9780199376421
ISBN: 978-0-19-937642-1
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Editeur: Oxford University Press
Genre: Histoire
nombre de pages: 416
Poids: 612g
Taille: H234mm x B162mm x T26mm
Année: 2014

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