In this work, Laurence Senelick and Sergei Ostrovsky offer a panoramic history of Soviet theatre from the Bolshevik Revolution to the eventual collapse of the USSR. Making use of more than eighty years' worth of archival documentation, the authors celebrate in words and pictures a vital, living art form that remained innovative and exciting, growing, adapting, and flourishing despite harsh, often illogical pressures inflicted upon its creators by a totalitarian government.
The Revolution 1917-1919 -- The Civil War 1919-1921 -- The new economic policy 1921-1926 -- Stalin consolidates power 1926-1927 -- The first five-year plan 1928-1932 -- The second five-year plan and the Great Terror 1933-1938 -- The Great Patriotic War 1939-1945 -- The Cold War begins 1946-1953 -- The so-called Thaw and refrigeration 1954-1963 -- Innovation within stagnation 1964-1984 -- Glasnost' and Perestroika, 1985-1992
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