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Being Soviet: Identity, Rumour, and Everyday Life under Stalin 1939–1953

Timothy Johnston


‘Being Soviet’ takes a refreshing and innovative approach to the crucial years between 1939 and 1953 in the USSR. It addresses two of the key recent debates concerning Stalinism. It answers the question ‘what was the logic and language of Soviet power?’ by shifting the focus away from Russian nationalism and onto Soviet identity. ‘Sovietness’ is explored via the newspapers, films, plays, and popular music of the era. Soviet identity, in relation to the outside world, provided a powerful frame of reference in the late‐Stalin years. ‘Being Soviet's’ most significant contribution lies in its nove ... More

Keywords: USSR, Great Patriotic War, Stalinism, rumour, Soviet identity, late Stalinism, Soviet music, mentalité, Foucault, Cold War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199604036
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604036.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy Johnston, author
Former Research Fellow of St. Peter's College, Oxford