APEH: Stalin and Propaganda

Posted on April 22, 2020


We’ll just slide right into Stalin from Lenin before heading westward to see how Europe is coping with the post-WWI fallout (spoiler: it’s not well).

I’m not going to reinvent the wheel here, so I’d like for you guys to see the assignment that I posted on Monday for APWH on Stalin and his propaganda.

As an added bonus, here is the 1936 film Circus. The USSR had a massive film industry – as time went on and Stalin exercised more control over the press and media, outside information was choked off to a trickle. That included foreign films. Soviet movies served as a stylish form of propaganda for Stalin and the government. Soviet art in general was appealing – it’s why you still see it used for inspiration – but it’s important to keep in mind the motivation behind the art.

If you choose to watch Circus (It’s about an hour and a half long, and you need to turn on the English subtitles or else good luck), leave comments and questions below. There’s a lot to unpack, especially of that last scene.