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Rebuilding Socialism: The Reconstruction of the Soviet Union and its Official Ideology through the Lens of Post-War Published Sources

The Reconstruction of the Soviet Union and its Official Ideology through the Lens of Post-War Published Sources

Dr Rob Dale has been awarded an AHRC International Placement Scheme Fellowship to spend three months between July and September 2018 researching at the Library of Congress in Washington DC on a project entitled 'Rebuilding Socialism: The Reconstruction of the Soviet Union and its Official Ideology through the Lens of Post-War Published Sources'.

The project seeks to build on Dr Dale’s previous work on the post-war reconstruction of the Soviet Union, and the transition from war to peace in the late Stalinist period (1945–1953). Historians have long examined the Great Patriotic War’s profound effects upon Stalinism. In the wake of war, Soviet citizens anticipated that wartime sacrifice would be rewarded by the advent of a more responsive system. Hopes of reform, however, quickly turned to disappointment as the Stalinist system reversed wartime compromises. The project explores how the Soviet Union’s physical infrastructure was rebuilt in the wake of the Great Patriotic War, by a re-examination of Soviet published sources, particularly newspapers and official ideological journals. Physical reconstruction proceeded in parallel with the political, social, ideological and cultural re-imposition of Stalinism. The project examines the mechanisms by which Soviet propagandists rebuilt socialism on the pages of newspapers and journals published between 1945 and 1955. It examines how the physical reconstruction of Soviet society was connected to a post-war relaunch of socialism. It considers how the social and cultural process of rebuilding cities, towns, and villages, also drew people into the wider ideological and political project. In rebuilding the fabric of urban and rural society, Soviet citizens were also creating the future edifice of Socialism.

Dr Dale will be blogging on the progress of his research during his Fellowship throughout the duration of the award in the summer of 2018 at https://blogs.ncl.ac.uk/robertdale/