Role of Culture in the Ussr Between the October Revolution and 'Glasnost'

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Role of culture in the USSR between the October Revolution and 'Glasnost'

The two most significant event in the Soviet Russia history are the Bolsheviks seizing power from the provisional government and the fall of soviet union under Gorbachev. Between this period of time the specific pattern on which leadership evolved is 'Culture'. The deep thought of social engineering brought into light by Lenin and carried out by many leaders following him. The permanent impact of this leadership was very vital on the cultural issues. While most of them wanted to strengthen the soviet regime, paved ways to the other leaders too through cultural influence. In this paper I will argue that, the use of culture throughout the period between October revolution and glasnost was to 'combine' the reformation of values ,renewal of economic system and establishment of leadership. Cultural is an essential tool to motivate the norms of behavior of the citizens. To analyze how this was done by the Bolshevik party and later on follow up leaders we need to understand the three factors associated with it. So based on this three factors I will establish logics associated with the reformation of the values using culture. Firstly, the intention of the Bolshevik party with cultural politics. The arts were a necessary component of the communist project. The Bolsheviks saw the arts as playing an important role in the creation of a truly communist society. It is clear that a progressive and 'proletarian'(1) art could educate the masses and can change their mentalities from the old traditional values. This would allow them to embrace communism. ''Their ideology called for an establishment of a temporary state apparatus led by the communist party to control production on behalf of the working class, because the workers themselves were too ignorant to build socialism for themselves.''(1)…...

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