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A war of images : Russian popular prints, wartime culture, and national identity, 1812-1945 /
Stephen M. Norris.
imprint
DeKalb, Ill. : Northern Illinois University Press, c2006.
description
xiii, 277 p.
ISBN
0875803636 (clothbound : alk. paper), 9780875803630 (clothbound : alk. paper)
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imprint
DeKalb, Ill. : Northern Illinois University Press, c2006.
isbn
0875803636 (clothbound : alk. paper)
9780875803630 (clothbound : alk. paper)
catalogue key
6027687
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"A new, important and provocatively fresh angle on the question of Russian and Soviet nationhood that is sure to inspire more study and productive scholarly debate in the future."- Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema "Norris' work will be invaluable to scholars both of the lubok and of wartime propaganda. His mastery of the sources and of secondary works-both Russian and Western-is most impressive."- Nations & Nationalism "Eminently readable ... well-researched text, lucidly written and free of theoretical digressions."- The Russian Review
“A new, important and provocatively fresh angle on the question of Russian and Soviet nationhood that is sure to inspire more study and productive scholarly debate in the future.”- Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema “Norris' work will be invaluable to scholars both of the lubok and of wartime propaganda. His mastery of the sources and of secondary works-both Russian and Western-is most impressive.”- Nations & Nationalism "Eminently readable ... well-researched text, lucidly written and free of theoretical digressions."- The Russian Review
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The 'lubok' played an important role in Russia's cultural history. Evolving as a medium for communication, the prints were adapted to express political propaganda. This book 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.
Main Description
The 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 at conquering 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.
Main Description
The 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 at conquering 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.
Main Description
Throughout Russian history, the lubok, a national art form sometimes known as the "peoples' pictures," provided a means for communicating ideas to the general population. Norris shows how lubok art expressed patriotic ideas during the five major wars that Russia fought between Napoleon's invasion and World War II. After the initial success, the government intervened and attemped to control the content and themes of the lubki. Interestingly, Norris finds that three elements of Russian identity persisted over the span of imperail history and reappears in WWII lubki: the peasant, the Cossack, and the "Russian spirit."
Table of Contents
The Lubok and Russian visual nationhood : introductionp. 3
Images of 1812 : the patriotic war in Russian culturep. 11
Regulating wartime culture : government, laws, censorshipp. 36
Consolidating wartime culture : images of Crimea, 1853-1856p. 54
Depicting the holy war : images of the Russo-Turkish War, 1877-1878p. 80
Illustrating the racial war : images from the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905p. 107
The Great War in Russian imagery, 1914-1917p. 135
The wartime Lubok and Soviet visual culturep. 164
Wartime culture and Russian national identity : conclusionp. 186
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