Propaganda State in Crisis

Soviet Ideology, Indoctrination, and Terror Under Stalin, 1927-1941
Brandenberger, David
Date published: 
February 2012

The USSR is often regarded as the world's first propaganda state. Particularly under Stalin, politically charged rhetoric and imagery dominated the press, the schools, and the cultural forums from literature and cinema to the fine arts. Yet party propagandists were repeatedly frustrated in their efforts to promote a coherent sense of 'Soviet' identity during the interwar years. This book investigates this failure to mobilize society along communist lines by probing the secrets of the party's ideological establishment and indoctrinational system. It also analyzes the impact that the 'official line' had at the grassroots by tracking the resonance that this propaganda generated within society at large. An expose of systemic failure within Stalin's ideological establishment, "Propaganda State in Crisis" ultimately rewrites the history of Soviet indoctrination and mass mobilization between 1927 and 1941.