Советское «пропагандистское государство» в годы II мировой войны: ресурсные ограничения и коммуникативные возможности

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Александр Лившин Московский государственный университет,

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Игорь Орлов Высшая школа экономики, Национальный исследовательский университет,

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Alexander Livshin and Igor Orlov

The Soviet “Propaganda State” during World War II: Resource Constraints and Communication Capabilities

“The new history of propaganda” studies the historical experience of using propaganda by different countries, including democratic ones, in the time of wars and other crises. It is evident that particular attention is paid to Nazi Germany and Stalinist USSR, the two excessively ideology-driven and politicized societies where propaganda played the role far beyond the boundaries of simple ideological indoctrination and manipulation of the public opinions and attitudes with the purpose of pushing the people towards a desired model of behavior. In both states propaganda became a fundamental core institution aimed at building and sustaining the social order. At the same time, if we consider the experience of Stalin’s USSR, then the usage of the term “propaganda state” introduced by Peter Kenez requires a significant caveat.

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