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Bolshevik Festivals, 1917-1920 Geldern James Von

Bolshevik Festivals, 1917-1920

Geldern James Von

Published May 20th 1993
ISBN : 9780520076907
Hardcover
316 pages
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In the early years of the USSR, socialist festivals—events entailing enormous expense and the deployment of thousands of people—were inaugurated by the Bolsheviks. Avant-garde canvases decorated the streets, workers marched, and elaborate massMoreIn the early years of the USSR, socialist festivals—events entailing enormous expense and the deployment of thousands of people—were inaugurated by the Bolsheviks. Avant-garde canvases decorated the streets, workers marched, and elaborate mass spectacles were staged. Why, with a civil war raging and an economy in ruins, did the regime sponsor such spectacles?In this first comprehensive investigation of the way festivals helped build a new political culture, James von Geldern examines the mass spectacles that captured the Bolsheviks historical vision. Spectacle directors borrowed from a tradition that included tsarist pomp, avant-garde theater, and popular celebrations. They transformed the ideology of revolution into a mythologized sequence of events that provided new foundations for the Bolsheviks claim to power.