Book ID: CBB001553241

Soviet Space Mythologies: Public Images, Private Memories, and the Making of a Cultural Identity (2015)


Gerovitch, Slava (Author)

University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 2015
Language: English

Publication Date: 2015
Physical Details: xviii + 232 pp.; ill.

From the start, the Soviet human space program had an identity crisis. Were cosmonauts heroic pilots steering their craft through the dangers of space, or were they mere passengers riding safely aboard fully automated machines? Tensions between Soviet cosmonauts and space engineers were reflected not only in the internal development of the space program but also in Soviet propaganda that wavered between praising daring heroes and flawless technologies. Soviet Space Mythologies explores the history of the Soviet human space program within a political and cultural context, giving particular attention to the two professional groups--space engineers and cosmonauts--who secretly built and publicly represented the program. Drawing on recent scholarship on memory and identity formation, this book shows how both the myths of Soviet official history and privately circulating counter-myths have served as instruments of collective memory and professional identity. These practices shaped the evolving cultural image of the space age in popular Soviet imagination. Soviet Space Mythologies provides a valuable resource for scholars and students of space history, history of technology, and Soviet (and post-Soviet) history

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Andrews, James T.
Blaszczyk, Regina Lee
Casser, Anja
de Jong-Lambert, William
Husband, William B.
Köhler, Piotr
Istoriko-Biologicheskie Issledovaniia
Cold War History
Environmental History
European Journal of Cultural Studies
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
HOST: Journal of History of Science and Technology
Cornell University Press
Taylor & Francis
Harlan Davidson, Inc.
University of Pittsburgh Press
Intellect Ltd
Science and politics
Visual representation; visual communication
Technology and culture
Cold War
Lysenko, Trofim Denisovich
Stalin, Joseph
Moore, Gordon E.
Tereshkova, Valentina
Time Periods
20th century
21st century
19th century
20th century, late
Soviet Union
United States
IMAX Filmed Entertainment

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