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Being SovietIdentity, Rumour, and Everyday Life under Stalin 1939–1953$
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Timothy Johnston

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199604036

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604036.001.0001

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Panics, Peace, and Pacifism: Official Soviet Diplomatic Identity in the late-Stalin years 1945–53 1

Panics, Peace, and Pacifism: Official Soviet Diplomatic Identity in the late-Stalin years 1945–53 1

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Being Soviet
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Timothy Johnston

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604036.003.0004

The official post-war diplomatic identity of the USSR continued to stress the strength of the great power alliance until the autumn of 1947. However, the population of the Soviet Union was not convinced and a series of war rumours and war panics broke out in the early post-war months. From late-1947, the Soviet press stressed above all the peace-loving nature of the USSR and its role as a defender of the oppressed, particularly in East Asia. The late-Stalinist campaigns for peace after 1948 were unusually successful in their attempts to mobilize the population of the USSR. Their success was a product of ongoing war anxiety but also the creative reappropriation of the campaigns into a platform through which participants could speak about the suffering they had experienced in the recent conflict. This behaviour offers an insight into certain aspects of the Soviet early Cold War mentalité

Keywords:   1945, 1953, post-war Stalinism, late Stalinism, war rumours, panic, Peace Campaigns, Struggle for Peace, mentalité

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