Mass Political Culture Under Stalinism

Popular Discussion of the Soviet Constitution of 1936

Authors: Velikanova, Olga

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  • First full-length study of the Soviet Constitution of 1936 from the perspective of mass political culture
  • Draws extensively on archival research to reveal popular opinion and comments about Soviet citizens’ values in relation to Stalinist reality
  • Explores the co-existence of liberal and authoritarian ideas in Soviet society and how this dichotomy created tensions among citizens
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This book is the first full-length study of the Soviet Constitution of 1936, exploring Soviet citizens’ views of constitutional democratic principles and their problematic relationship to the reality of Stalinism. Drawing on archival materials, the book offers an insight into the mass political culture of the mid-1930s in the USSR and thus contributes to wider research on Russian political culture. Popular comments about the constitution show how liberal, democratic and conciliatory discourse co-existed in society with illiberal, confrontational and intolerant views.

 

The study also covers the government’s goals for the constitution’s revision and the national discussion, and its disappointment with the results. Outcomes of the discussion convinced Stalin that society was not sufficiently Sovietized. Stalin's re-evaluation of society's condition is a new element in the historical picture explaining why politics shifted from the relaxation of 1933-36 to the Great Terror, and why repressions expanded from former oppositionists to the officials and finally to the wider population.

About the authors

Olga Velikanova is Associate Professor of History at the University of North Texas, USA. She specializes in Soviet popular opinion studies and works extensively with declassified Communist party and secret police archives relating to the surveillance of the Soviet population. She is author of five books and numerous articles in this area discussing Soviet social mobilization campaigns and popular perceptions of Soviet politics and of Lenin’s image involving historical, anthropological and political culture methods.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

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Hardcover $109.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mass Political Culture Under Stalinism
Book Subtitle
Popular Discussion of the Soviet Constitution of 1936
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-78443-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-78443-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-78442-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 260
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations
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