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Evgeny Dobrenko

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748634453

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634453.001.0001

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The Dialectics of the Popular Monarchy

The Dialectics of the Popular Monarchy

(p.17) 1. The Dialectics of the Popular Monarchy
Stalinist Cinema and the Production of History

Evgeny Dobrenko

Edinburgh University Press

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

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