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Architecture in the Age of Stalin
Culture Two


Part of Cambridge Studies in New Art History and Criticism

  • Date Published: June 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521292603

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  • Architecture in the Age of Stalin: Culture Two examines the cultural mechanisms that affected the evolution of architecture in Russia during the Stalinist period. Defining two conflicting trends - Culture One and Culture Two - that have alternately prevailed in Russian culture, Vladimir Paperny argues that the shift away from the architectural avant-garde of the 1920s was not entirely the result of Stalin's will. Rather, he demonstrates how the aesthetic choices of Stalin and his architects were conditioned by the prevailing cultural mechanisms of the 1930s and 1940s. Combining academic precision with engaging narrative, and using previously unavailable archival materials published in the West for the first time in this edition, Paperny leads the reader through the remarkable trajectory of architectural and cultural transformation that marked a pivotal moment of Russia's history.

    • Presents fascinating textual and visual material
    • Written in an engaging manner, combining academic precision with personal anecdotes, jokes, and popular songs
    • Its singular conception of Russian history informs contemporary political discussions of the fate of Russian culture
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    Review of the hardback: '… what turned out to be even more pleasing than the high standard of the translation was its production quality. … Architecture in the Age of Stalin is still one of the most intelligent, stimulating, entertaining and insightful books on Soviet cultural history … This is not a book many people will agree with, but few can fail to be impressed by its wit, sharpness and intellectual daring.' Revolutionary Russia

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521292603
    • length: 400 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Spreading-Hardening:
    1. Beginning-end
    2. Movement-immobility
    3. Horizontal-vertical
    4. Uniform-hierarchical
    Part II. Mechanism-Human:
    5. Collective-individual
    6. Mechanical-living
    7. Abstractions-name
    8. Good-evil
    Part III. Lyrical-Epic:
    9. Mutism-word
    10. Improvisation-notation
    11. Efficacious-artistic
    12. Realism-truth
    13. Business-miracle
    Conclusion: Destruction-creation

  • Author

    Vladimir Paperny


    John Hill

    Roann Barris

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