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Showcasing the Great Experiment

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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, Andre 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.

David-Fox has produced a multi-faceted, subtle, and eminently instructive book.

Auteur
Michael David-Fox is associate professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and the Department of History at Georgetown University. A founding editor of the journal Kritika, he is the author or editor of eight books on Russian, Soviet, and transnational 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, it reinterprets one of the great cross-cultural and trans-ideological encounters of the twentieth century.



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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: 9780199794577
ISBN: 978-0-19-979457-7
Format: Livre Relié
Editeur: Oxford University Press
Genre: Histoire
nombre de pages: 416
Poids: 680g
Taille: H242mm x B164mm x T33mm
Année: 2012

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