ussr ; control of the ppl ; culture + arts ; lenin / stalin

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in '17 what were bolsheviks divided over?
importance and direction of cultural policy
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lenin viewed culture as vital but subordinate to what?
class conflict and retention of power
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what were lenin's personal cultural tastes like?
classic and conservative
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which groups did he want party to keep on side as much as possible?
high calibre writers and artists
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one important development he implemented after seizure of power was to create what?
Commissariat of Enlightenment
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a ministry of culture to do what?
support and encourage artists
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development welcomed by artists ars replaced what?
heavy restrictions and censorship of old regime
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this encouraged many artists to do what?
work with new regime
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lenin prepared to accommodate those that were not communist but?
sympathetic to ideals of revolution
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what did trotsky label these artists as?
fellow travellers
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were all bolsheviks happy with this approach?
nah not even
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who promoted this strand of cultural policy?
bogdanov + lunacharsky
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what was lunacharsky's role?
head commissariat of enlightenment
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what did bogdanov argue state needed to use to create own prolekult?
new tech
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he felt new group of what should be assembles?
proletarian artists
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whose art was to serve what two purposes?
social and political
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key strand of this group came to be known as what?
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those who wished to create new prole cultture based on what?
the worker and industrial tech
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what were workers and peasants encouraged to do?
produce own culture
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such as?
write stories / put on theatre productions
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magazine smithy est. that contained what?
poems about machines / factories
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gov also made use of what group events to develop new socialist culture?
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and what were sometimes incentive to turn up/
extra food rations
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how was the anniversary of the revolution in '20 celebrated?
re-enactment of the storming of the winter palace
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using over how many ppl?
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parades through where were organised?
red square
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and directed by party to etent they were examples of what?
street theatre
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thus achievements of who were reinforced through arts?
workers and party
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prolekult was a deliberate and direct challenge to what?
high culture
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and becamepopular for a time but by early '20s why were gov concerned with it?
too many viewpoints being iexpressed
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and started to do what to it?
impose restrictions
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avant-garde relates to period of experimentation after what event?
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the influence of which two schools of art were combined?
modernism and futurism
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to convey visions of what
new futuristic world
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mayakovsky, the talented poet and playwright moved to what kind of medium?
poster art
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who set to work doing what for government?
producing slogans and posters
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despite being propaganda his work was also?
genuinely innovative
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malevich and kandinsky represent fellow travellers in which medium?
painting and sculptures
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why unsuprising soviets put such emphasis on visual arts?
large proportion country illiterate
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influence of futurists on science fiction however did have impact on what?
popular reading
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new trends in popular music saw first appearance of what in russia with mixed reviews?
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in theatre meyerhold led the movement with which play in '18?
mystery bouffe
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which was fantasy based on what?
workers defeating exploiters
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why cancelled after one performance?
too confusing to audiences
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what relatively new development was open to experimentation too?
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and who was one of most foremost innovators in medium?
sergei einstein
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what movie did he make in '24?
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and battleship potemkin was to be released when?
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what did lenin state importance of cinema for?
tool promoting political messages
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but often it was what?
too clever for audience
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avant-garde was not answer to what thingthey were attempting to do?
mould common people's beliefs and values
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what did cultural revolution become part of attempt to sweep away?
old 'bourgeois; elements in society
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in what time?
late '20s
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along with whcih two economic policies?
collectivisation and 5yps
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this entailed full-scale assault on who?
traditional writers and artists
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what was to happen to those fellow travellers tolerated under lenin?
removed and replaced by those that were unquestionably loyal to socialis
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what were young enthusiastic komsomol members encouraged to do>
root out and attack 'bourgeois' elements
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what did they do in productions of suspect plays?
boo and whistle
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in literature what organisation made increasingly btitter attacks on fellow travellers?
Russian Association of Proletarian Writers(RAPP)
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and condemned what about writers that adopted new experimental techniques?
decadent individualism
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what movement's ideas was RAPP inspired by?
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and they preferred works that stressed what?
achievements of workers
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which became termed the?
cult of the 'little man'
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what novel was a good example of this?
kataev's time forward ('32)
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recounted the story of record breaking shift where?
******* magnitogorsk
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what did this, soon to become common and overused theme, also become known as?
'boy meets girl meets tractor'
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tied in with what economic policy?
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but how did it soom lose popularity?
same theme repetitively used
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yet rapp did it's best to encourage cultural activities in factories such as wgat?
reading and drama groups
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mmm kinda
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in what year did party leadership announce RAPP would be closed down?
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and reokaced by what?
Union of Soviet Writers
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in effect brinding what to an end?
cultural revolution
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stalin recognised importance of wriers and artists calling them what?
'engineers of human souls'
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now put to use in pursuit of what?
'socialist realism'
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term used to describe art that presented what?
idealised images of life under socialism
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to inspire population towards what?
it's achievement
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used to convince population that in '35 stalin's statement of what was true?
'life has become more joyous'
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union of soviet writers was to police movement doing what?
rewarding those that complied and restricting those that didn't
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to some writers like zoshchenko,they complied but what suffered?
quality of work
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others refused to work under conditions and did what?
emigrated (they could do that???)
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novelist boris pasternak and poet anna akhamatova did what?
gave up writing and opted for 'genre of silence'
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however what happened to pasternak's novels?
smuggled abroad and publsihed
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what did mayakovsky the poster guy do?
commit suicide
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and others died where?
labour camps
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- art under socialist realism
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there was to be no what under socialist realism unlike avant-garde?
experimentation with form
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what kinds of art were rejected?
avant-garde abstract
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art harnessed under regime to protekh what?
images of life under 5yps
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often presented through images of what?
worker and peasant striving for socialism
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stalin told artists they should make what clear?
who was responsible for achievements of socialims
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this often resulted in fusion of socialist realism with what?
stalin's cult of personality
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- literature under socialist realism
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saw change emphasis from 'cult of the little man' toward what?
heroes connected to the party
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what was the standard plot of novels in the '30s
hero from the people is guided by party to greater things
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developed in much of 'high literature by works of who?
sholokhov / gorky
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and had much in common with what?
traditional russian folk stories
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'lowbrow' literature usually concerned with heores from where?
russian history
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or which other two things?
war stories / detective novels where police agent thwarts capitalists
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what meant population had easy access?>
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and also there was a tenfold growht in what?
library acquisitions
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how did party control what was publsihed by who?
gov agencies
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- music under socialist realism
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what happened during a performance of shostakovich's opera?
stalin walked out?
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lady macbeth pf mstensk was about what?
pc adultery
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in what year?
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due to what?
disconcordant notes
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why was the real reason stalin walked out?
stalin shocked @ use of trombones underlining what was happening in bedroom scene
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in pop music what did gov favour over jazz?
military music
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gov concern over decadent assoc w/ jazz led them to ban what in '40s?
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as in literature best to do what if you wanted to continue working?
stick to well-worn themes
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- architecture under socialist realism
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promoted the style known as what?
'stalinist baroque'
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better known as what kind of architecture?
'wedding cake'
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which made use of what?
classical lines
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many public buildings built in this stye the best example being?
moscow uni
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rebuilt after?
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what system was another fine example of this?
moscow metro
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with stations decorated with what?
chandeliers and murals of workers
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- cinema under social realism
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what was conveyed through film such as einstein's october?
achievements of the revolution
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which presented a heroic version of what event?
storming of winter palace in '17
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served interest of government in presenting revolution how?
mass movement
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what happened due to einstein's excessive use of extras and live ammo?
more ppl died in making of film than actual events
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in wwii cinema was used to promote which two things?
patriotism / socialism
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what film was one of most popular?
alexander nevsky
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what was socialist realism rooted in?
the people
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easy to criticise socialist realism as being out of touch with what?
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was this simply art for artsake?
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what were three common things soviet population found in it?
identification / motivation / escapism
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