The Dialectics of the Popular Monarchy

Evgeny Dobrenko

in Stalinist Cinema and the Production of History

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780748634453
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653607 | DOI:
The Dialectics of the Popular Monarchy

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This chapter focuses on the historical dialectics of Joseph Stalin. It highlights Stalin's view that Marxist dialectics must be applied to history in order to save the science of history from becoming a jumble of accidents and an agglomeration of most absurd mistakes. The chapter explains that history proves to be precisely the basis of the legitimacy of Stalinism, and that the adjustment of historical images to fit their historical prototypes becomes almost the main occupation of historicising writing. In this way, the historicising aspect of Stalinist art can be said to be the reverse side of socialist realism's lacquering practices of the production novel or the kolkhoz poem.

Keywords: historical dialectics; Joseph Stalin; Marxist dialectics; Stalinism; historical images; historical prototypes; historicising writing; socialist realism; kolkhoz poem

Chapter.  24247 words. 

Subjects: Film

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