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Russia in the Microphone Age: A History of Soviet Radio, 1919–1970

Stephen Lovell


The story of radio begins alongside that of the Soviet state: Russia’s first long-range transmission of the human voice occurred during the Civil War. Sound broadcasting was a medium of exceptional promise for this revolutionary regime. It could bring the Bolsheviks’ message to the furthest corners of their enormous country. It had unprecedented impact: the voice of Moscow could now be wired into the very living spaces of a population that was still only weakly literate. The liveness and immediacy of broadcasting also created vivid new ways of communicating ‘Sovietness’—whether through May Day ... More

Keywords: radio, broadcasting, communications, Soviet, media, Russia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198725268
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198725268.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Lovell, author
Professor of Modern History, King's College London