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Red Arctic: Polar Exploration and the Myth of the North in the Soviet Union 1932-1939

By: John McCannon

234 pages, Illus, tabs

Oxford University Press

Hardback | May 1998 | #83696 | ISBN: 0195114361
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A work of refreshing originality and vivid appeal, Red Arctic tells the story of Stalinist Russia's massive campaign to explore and develop its Northern territories during the 1930s. Author John McCannon recounts the dramatic stories of the polar expeditions-conducted by foot, ship, and plane-that were the pride of Stalinist Russia, in order to expose the reality behind them: chaotic blunders, bureaucratic competition, and the eventual rise of the Gulag as the dominant force in the North. Red Arctic also traces the development of the polar-based popular culture of the decade, making use of memoirs, films, radio broadcasts, children's books, and cultural ephemera ranging from placards to postage stamps to show how Russia's "Arctic Myth" became an integral part of the overall socialist-realist aesthetic that animated Stalinist culture throughout the 1930s.


Introduction; 1. Footholds in the North: The Russians in the Arctic, 1500-1932; 2. Thge Commissariat of Ice: The Rise of Glavsevmorput; 3. Days of Glory: The Major Expeditions, 1932-1939; 4. "From Victory to Victory": The Myth of the Arctic in Soviet Culture; 5. Between Rhetoric and Reality: Manufacturing the Arctic Myth; 6. Polestar Descending: Glavsevmorput in Decline, 1936-1939; Conclusion; Bibliography; Notes

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