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Title: The agitation and propaganda work of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, 1956-1974
Author: Gleisner, J. I.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3500 9011
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 1978
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The study examines and evaluates the oral agitation and propaganda work of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1956 to 1974. It looks-at four aspects of their theory and practice: (a) the definition of their objects; (b) the organisational structures created to embody these objects; (c) the administration of these structures; and (d) their effectiveness. In order to examine the latter of these four aspects, the study also contains an analysis of the main elements of the ideology which is currently disseminated by agitation and propaganda. To this extent, the scope of the present work is wider than its title indicates. The principal arguments of the study are two in number: Firstly, it is argued that there were two paradigms of agitation and propaganda during the period under study, and that these paradigms coincided with, and reflected the specificity of, the regimes of Khrushchev and Grezhnev respectively: Secondly it is argued that the ineffectiveness of agitation and propaganda which is the major empirical discovery of the study, is not a passing phenomenon, but is endemic to their projects. The study concludes that their ineffectiveness can be interpreted as one index of the absence of a civil hegemony in the contemporary Soviet Union.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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