Stalin and the World of Culture

When:15 Oct 2013, 1:30pm - 3pm
Venue:Matthews 308
Who:Sheila Fitzpatrick, Honorary Professor The University of Sydney.

Literary & Cultural Studies Research Seminar

All three of the major European dictators of the mid-twentieth century (Stalin, Hitler, and Mussolini) had a special personal relationship to the world of high culture; this had most political salience in the Soviet Union, where the Russian intelligentsia’s historic claims to moral authority made it a competing elite that the Communist Party had to reckon with. This paper examines the evolving social and patronage relations of party and intelligentsia leaders over the quarter century of Stalin’s rule, noting particularly the intelligentsia identities chosen by most of the party leaders’ children.

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