The Soviet History of World War II [1959] (Paperback)

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This 1959 study examines the evolution of the Soviet Union's official narrative of World War II, focusing on the discrepancies between propaganda and the lived experiences of key societal groups. The analysis reveals a consistent pattern of historical distortion aimed at bolstering the regime's authority and concealing its early failures. Despite internal resistance from military officers, historians, and writers, the fabricated narrative dominated the postwar period. Following Stalin's death, strategic concerns and Khrushchev's revelations prompted a reappraisal, leading to a more candid acknowledgment of initial defeats and the contributions of the Allies. However, recent historiography reflects a cautious balance between acknowledging past mistakes and preserving the party's historical reputation. While politically motivated distortions persist, the increasing volume of military studies and translated foreign works suggests a growing recognition of the value of truth in understanding and preparing for potential future conflicts.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781608882694
ISBN-10: 1608882691
Publisher: Nimble Books
Publication Date: March 19th, 2024
Pages: 82
Language: English