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Wartime Heroes for Post‐War Youth: The Rise and Fall of The Young Guard

Juliane Fürst

in Stalin's Last Generation

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199575060
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595141 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199575060.003.0005
Wartime Heroes for Post‐War Youth: The Rise and Fall of The Young Guard

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This chapter focuses on the cult book and film Young Guard. Precisely because of its many scandalous aspects, the rise and fall of the story of The Young Guard constitutes a fascinating showcase of how Soviet propaganda succeeded and failed. The many mutations of the tale from local tragedy to bestselling novel, from riveting cinematic spectacle to populist, conspiratorial gossip demonstrate that Soviet propaganda was not static, but, much like media in Western societies, evolved and developed.

Keywords: Soviet Union; youth; war heroes; The Young Guard; Soviet propaganda; young people

Chapter.  12071 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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