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Showcasing the Great ExperimentCultural Diplomacy and Western Visitors to the Soviet Union, 1921–1941$
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Michael David-Fox

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199794577

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794577.001.0001

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Toward the Cultural Cold War

(p.312) Epilogue
Showcasing the Great Experiment

Michael David-Fox

Oxford University Press

This concluding chapter looks forward to the period after 1941, arguing that the methods of Soviet cultural diplomacy of the interwar period informed the all-out Soviet propaganda efforts of the World War II era, including those of Sovinformburo and various anti-fascist committees. In this guise they provided a formidable example for the United States as it geared up for the cultural Cold War. By making the reception of foreign visitors into the centerpiece of its cultural diplomacy in the 1920s and 1930s, the Soviet Union had mobilized society and the intelligentsia for the international ideological contest and pioneered a more total form of cultural diplomacy. The epilogue compares three periods of Soviet policies, practices, and attitudes toward the West and the outside world: the interwar period, late Stalinism, and Khrushchev's Thaw. The book ends by reflecting on the international and transnational dimensions of Soviet history and their implications for understanding Stalinism.

Keywords:   cultural Cold War, Sovinformburo, World War II, transnational, international propaganda, foreign, ideological, Stalinism, Thaw

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