Article ID: CBB000670191

“Correcting Nature's Mistakes”: Transforming the Environment and Soviet Children's Literature, 1928--1941 (2006)


As it sought to reconfigure the natural environment and simultaneously create new citizens in the USSR, Joseph Stalin's dictatorship strongly emphasized the conversion of children to socialism. Representations of nature in Stalinist children's literature encompassed not only crude propaganda, but also less adversarial, more scientific expressions of human entitlement vis-à-vis the environment as well as a small but significant number of apolitical celebrations of nature. In so doing, early Soviet children's literature demonstrated the limitations of dictatorial power as well as its extent.

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Authors & Contributors
Josephson, Paul R.
Simon Ings
Matten, Marc Andre
Bassi, Giulia
Tromly, Benjamin
DeHaan, Heather D.
Istoriko-Biologicheskie Issledovaniia
East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal
Chinese Journal for the History of Science and Technology
Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin Canadienne d'Histoire de la Medecine
University of Toronto Press
Simon & Schuster
Princeton University Press
Oxford University Press
Office for History of Science and Technology, University of California
Science and politics
Cold War
Stalin, Joseph
Lysenko, Trofim Denisovich
Vavilov, Nikolai Ivanovich
Sakharov, Andrei
Lamaze, Fernand
Khruschchev, Nikita Sergeyevich
Time Periods
20th century
20th century, late
20th century, early
Soviet Union
Eastern Europe
People's Republic of China
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

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