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Author Pisch, Anita, author

Title The personality cult of Stalin in Soviet posters, 1929-1953 : archetypes, inventions and fabrications / Anita Pisch
Published Acton, A.C.T. : ANU Press, 2016
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Description 1 online resource (xxii, 516 pages) : color illustrations
Contents Introduction -- 1. The phenomenon of the personality cult--a historical perspective -- 2. The rise of the Stalin personality cult -- 3. Stalin is like a fairytale sycamore tree--Stalin as a symbol -- 4. Stalin saves the world--Stalin and the evolution of the Warrior and Saviour archetypes -- Conclusion -- Appendix 1: Breakdown of posters in the research sample by year -- Appendix 2: Frequency trends in posters with images of Stalin in the research sample, and Stalin's appearances in Pravda -- Appendix 3: Posters of Stalin and Lenin by year
Summary From 1929 until 1953, Iosif Stalin's image became a central symbol in Soviet propaganda. Touched up images of an omniscient Stalin appeared everywhere: emblazoned across buildings and lining the streets; carried in parades and woven into carpets; and saturating the media of socialist realist painting, statuary, monumental architecture, friezes, banners, and posters. From the beginning of the Soviet regime, posters were seen as a vitally important medium for communicating with the population of the vast territories of the USSR. Stalin's image became a symbol of Bolshevik values and the personification of a revolutionary new type of society. The persona created for Stalin in propaganda posters reflects how the state saw itself or, at the very least, how it wished to appear in the eyes of the people. The 'Stalin' who was celebrated in posters bore but scant resemblance to the man Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili, whose humble origins, criminal past, penchant for violent solutions and unprepossessing appearance made him an unlikely recipient of uncritical charismatic adulation. The Bolsheviks needed a wise, nurturing and authoritative figure to embody their revolutionary vision and to legitimate their hold on power. This leader would come to embody the sacred and archetypal qualities of the wise Teacher, the Father of the nation, the great Warrior and military strategist, and the Saviour of first the Russian land, and then the whole world. This book is the first dedicated study on the marketing of Stalin in Soviet propaganda posters. Drawing on the archives of libraries and museums throughout Russia, hundreds of previously unpublished posters are examined, with more than 130 reproduced in full colour
Analysis Australian
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 453-497) and index
Subject Stalin, Joseph, 1878-1953 -- Symbolism.
Political posters, Russian.
Symbolism in art.
Symbolism in mass media.
Symbolism in politics -- Soviet Union.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2017416916
ISBN 176046063X (electronic bk.)
9781760460631 (electronic bk.)