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Raised under Stalin: Young Communists and the Defense of Socialism

Seth Bernstein


Communist Upbringing under Stalin: Young Communists and War in a Socialist Society, 1929-1945 examines Stalinist mass youth culture in the period of the Great Terror and World War II. For the Bolsheviks, youth were the “new people” who would someday build communism. Despite Stalinist assertions that the country was marching inexorably toward communism, though, there was no blueprint for raising a socialist generation. “Communist upbringing”—the program of moral socialization of the Young Communist League (Komsomol)—absorbed the violent atmosphere of the 1930s and 1940s. Even as it surrounded t ... More

Keywords: Stalinism, World War II, Komsomol, Soviet Union, Youth Organizations, Communism, Totalitarianism, State Terror

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781501709883
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501709883.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Seth Bernstein, author
Higher School of Economics