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Book Talk: Stalin's Master Narrative

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Oct. 17, 2019
4:00pm – 5:00pm


5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Book Talk: Stalin's Master Narrative

The Short Course on the History of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Bolsheviks) defined Stalinist ideology, both at home and throughout the communist world abroad. It was quite literally the USSR’s master narrative between 1938 and 1956—a definitive statement on history, politics, and Marxism-Leninism that scripted Soviet society for a generation. Professor David Brandenberger revealed for the first time the enormous role that Stalin played in the development of this all-important text and the unparalleled control that the dictator wielded over the Soviet historical imagination.

This book was available for purchase at the event. 

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Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier U.S. center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American expertise and knowledge of Russia, Ukraine, and the region. Through its residential fellowship programs, public lectures, workshops, and publications, the Institute strives to attract, publicize, and integrate new research into the policy community.  Read more

Cold War International History Project

The Cold War International History Project supports the full and prompt release of historical materials by governments on all sides of the Cold War. Through an award winning Digital Archive, the Project allows scholars, journalists, students, and the interested public to reassess the Cold War and its many contemporary legacies. It is part of the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program.  Read more

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