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Epic Revisionism
Russian History and Literature as Stalinist Propaganda
Edited by Kevin M. F. Platt and David Brandenberger

"Platt and Brandenberger have collected first-rate contributors and produced a coherent and powerful volume that amplifies what we know about the uses and abuses of history in the Soviet 1930s."
—Ronald Grigor Suny, University of Chicago

Focusing on a number of historical and literary personalities who were regarded with disdain in the aftermath of the 1917 revolution—figures such as Peter the Great, Ivan the Terrible, Alexander Pushkin, Leo Tolstoy, and Mikhail Lermontov —Epic Revisionism tells the fascinating story of these individuals' return to canonical status during the darkest days of the Stalin era.

An inherently interdisciplinary project, Epic Revisionism features pieces on literary and cultural history, film, opera, and theater. It pairs scholarly essays with selections from Stalin-era primary sources—newspaper articles, unpublished archival documents, short stories—to provide students and specialists with the richest possible understanding of this understudied phenomenon in modern Russian history.

"A boon to graduate students and a delight to aficionados of Soviet culture."—Jeffrey Brooks, John Hopkins University

Kevin M. F. Platt is associate professor and chair of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania. David Brandenberger is assistant professor of history at the University of Richmond.

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cover of Epic Revisionism features a photo of a bearded man holding a rife aloft

November 2005
LC: 2005011172 PG
376 pp.  6 x 9  33 b/w photos

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ISBN 978-0-299-21504-0
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