A War of Images
Russian Popular Prints, Wartime Culture, and National Identity, 1812-1945 annotated edition
By (author) Stephen M. Norris
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War of Images by Stephen M. Norris
Book DescriptionThe lubok - a broadside or poster - played an important role in Russia's cultural history. Evolving as a medium for communication with a largely illiterate population, the popular prints were adapted to express political propaganda. Stephen Norris examines the use of such prints to stir patriotic fervor during times of war, from Napoleon's failed attempt to conquer Russia to Hitler's invasion. Norris shows how visual images of patriotism and expressions of the Russian spirit changed over time, yet remained similar. The lubok produced during Russia's modern wars consistently featured the same key elements: the Russian peasant, the Cossack, and a representation of "the Russian spirit." When Russia was victorious, occasionally the tsar figured into the imagery; but by the beginning of the 20th century, ethnic identity had replaced dynastic representations of Russian nationhood. After the Revolutions of 1917, Bolshevik and Soviet leaders appropriated the traditional elements of the wartime lubok to promote their vision of the new socialist state. The political power of lubok imagery did not end with the Bolsheviks' adaptations. During World War II, political posters similar to those of the tsarist era reemerged to express and to reinforce Russia's culture of patriotism and strength. Amply illustrated, "A War of Images" is the first comprehensive study of how popular prints helped to construct national identity in Russia over a period of more than a century. Readers interested in Russian art, history, and culture will find its insights intriguing.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780875803630
(234mm x 161mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Northern Illinois University Press
Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press
Publish Date: 25-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Stephen M. Norris
Blockbuster History in the New Russia, Paperback (October 2012)
Examines the connections among cinema, politics, economics, history, and patriotism in the creation of "blockbuster history"
Russia's People of Empire, Paperback (April 2012)
Details biographies which highlight Russia 's multicultural history
Preserving Petersburg, Paperback (June 2008)
For more than three centuries, St Petersburg, founded in 1703 by Peter the Great as Russia's westward-oriented capital and as a visually stunning showcase of Russia's imperial ambitions, has been the country's most mythologized city. This volume traces the ways in which St Petersburg has become a "museum piece," embodying history, and nostalgia.
Insiders and Outsiders in Russian Cinema, Paperback (May 2008)» View all books by Stephen M. Norris
Employing a range of interpretive methods practiced in Russian/Soviet film studies, this work highlights the varied ways that Russian and Soviet cinema constructed otherness and foreignness. It explores the "us versus them" binary well known to students of Russian culture and the ways in which Russian films depicted these distinctions.
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Author Biography - Stephen M. Norris
STEPHEN NORRIS is Assistant Professor of Russian History at Miami University in Ohio.
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