[PAST EVENT] Tepper Lecture Series: Stalin's Master Narrative
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- Open to the public
The Short Course on the History of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Bolsheviks) defined Stalinist ideology, both at home and throughout the communist world abroad. It was quite literally the USSR’s master narrative between 1938 and 1956—a hegemonic statement on history, politics, and Marxism-Leninism that scripted Soviet society for a generation.
Long rumored to have been ghostwritten by Stalin, the Short Course has defied comprehensive critical analysis for the past 80 years, despite the opening of the Soviet archives in 1991. Here, David Brandenberger reveals for the first time the enormous role that Stalin played in the development of this all-important text. In so doing, “Stalin’s Master Narrative” characterizes the unparalleled control that the dictator wielded over the Soviet historical imagination.
Funding Provided by the Gregory Tepper Lecture Fund
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