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Author Gill, Graeme J.

Title Symbols and legitimacy in Soviet politics [electronic resource] / Graeme Gill.

Imprint Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.


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 Axe ProQuest E-Book  Electronic Book    ---  Available
Description vi, 356 p.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 337-351) and index.
Contents Ideology, metanarrative, and myth -- Formation of the metanarrative, 1917-1929 -- The Stalinist culture, 1929-1953 -- An everyday vision, 1953-1985 -- The vision implodes, 1985-1991 -- Impact of the metanarrative.
Summary "Symbols and legitimacy in Soviet politics analyses the way in which Soviet symbolism and ritual changed from the regime's birth in 1917 to its fall in 1991. Graeme Gill focuses on the symbolism in party policy and leaders' speeches, artwork and political posters, urban redevelopment, and on ritual in the political system. He shows how this symbolism and ritual were worked into a dominant metanarrative which underpinned Soviet political development. Gill also shows how, in each of these spheres, the images changed both over the life of the regime and during particular stages: the Leninist era metanarrative differed from that of the Stalin period, which differed from that of the Khrushchev and Brezhnev periods, which was, in turn, changed significantly under Gorbachev. In charting this development, the book lays bare the dynamics of the Soviet regime and a major reason for its fall"--Provided by publisher.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, 2015. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries.
Subject Kommunisticheskaia partiia Sovetskogo Soiuza -- History.
Social change -- Soviet Union -- History.
Symbolism in politics -- Soviet Union -- History.
Political customs and rites -- Soviet Union -- History.
Narration (Rhetoric) -- Political aspects -- Soviet Union -- History.
Legitimacy of governments -- Soviet Union -- History.
Political culture -- Soviet Union -- History.
Popular culture -- Soviet Union -- History.
Soviet Union -- Politics and government.
Soviet Union -- Civilization.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author ProQuest (Firm)
ISBN 9781107004542 (hbk.)
9781139080781 (e-book)

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