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

Hardcover | December 1, 1997

byJohn McCannon

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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, andplane--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.

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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, andplane--that were the pride of Stalinist Russia, i...

John McCannon is Assistant Professor of History at Norwich University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.3 × 0.98 inPublished:December 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195114361

ISBN - 13:9780195114362

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"...Red Arctic is a very rich and enjoyable study which will appeal to historians, scholars of Soviet popular culture and anyone interested in the history of polar exploration."--Slavic and East European Journal