The 'Soviet Man': forces trying to create the new man in Magnitogorsk

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  • In Magnitogorsk, in every barracks there was a 'Red corner' with the newspaper, shock-worker banners and pictures of Lenin and Stalin; it was intended to be a cultural training ground in which the dwellers could read, listen to lectures, watch films and discuss politics


  • Virtually everyone in Magnitogorsk attended some form of schooling, which reinforced the socialisation and politicisation experienced at work
  • The school curriculum combined basic education with technical subjects and the 'spirit of socialism' and compulsory courses in Marxism-Leninism began at an early age

Public holidays

  • Took


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