High Stalinism: Zhdanov and the cultural purge

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In 1946, Stalin announced the launch of a cultural purge, which would be coordinated by Zhdanov. This period became known as Zhdanovschina

  • Culture was used to promote ideology and individualism was to be suppressed
  • Socialist realism was reasserted in art, literature and cinema
  • Novels, plays and films were required to extol Soviet achievements or criticise capitalism
  • Artists who failed to comply were forced to make public confessions of their 'errors

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