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Soviet Soft Power in Poland: Culture and the Making of Stalin's New Empire, 1943-1957

Patryk Babiracki

Abstract

Concentrating on the formative years of the Cold War from 1943 to 1957, this book reveals little-known Soviet efforts to build a postwar East European empire through culture. The text argues that the Soviets involved in foreign cultural outreach tried to use “soft power” in order to galvanize broad support for the postwar order in the emerging Soviet bloc. The book shows that the Stalinist system ultimately undermined Soviet efforts to secure popular legitimacy abroad through persuasive propaganda. It also highlights the limitations and contradictions of Soviet international cultural outreach, ... More

Keywords: Cold War, postwar, soft power, Soviet bloc, Stalinist system, Soviet empire, Eastern Europe, popular legitimacy, propaganda

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781469620893
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469620893.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patryk Babiracki, author