КUMANEV G.А., SERAZETDINOV B.U. On Domestic Historiography of Studying the Propaganda Activity during the Battle of Stalingrad

DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu4.2018.2.18

Georgiy A. Kumanev

Academician of RAS, Doctor of Sciences (History), Professor, Chairman of the Scientific Council at the Presidium of RAS on Problems of Military History;

Head of Centre for Military History of Russia,

Institute of Russian History of Russian Academy of Sciences,

Dmitriya Ulyanova St., 19, 117036 Moscow, Russian Federation

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https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3399-3366

Boris U. Serazetdinov

Candidate of Sciences (History), Associate Professor, Honorary Worker of Higher Professional Education of the Russian Federation;

Academic Secretary of the Scientific Council at the Presidium of RAS on Problems of Military History;

Leading Researcher of the Centre for Military History of Russia,

Institute of Russian History of Russian Academy of Sciences,

Dmitriya Ulyanova St., 19, 117036 Moscow, Russian Federation

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https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7730-2769


Abstract. The paper analyzes the literature of the post-Soviet period, dedicated to the propaganda work of political veterans of the fronts and armies, as well as commanders, and political workers, party and Komsomol organizations directly in the military, in combat orders of units and party bodies of the Stalingrad region during the battle of Stalingrad. The authors highlight the most topical issues studied in historical works from 1991 to the present. New approaches to the analysis of the content, forms, methods and regional features of propaganda work, the degree of its influence on the life and activities of soldiers and the population in the battle of Stalingrad are characterized. The authors denote the leading subject fields of historiography of Soviet propaganda during the war. This, first of all: 1) agitation and propaganda in the rear of the red Army; 2) political and ideological work in the army and Navy; 3) propaganda activities in the liberated areas; 4) propaganda work in the temporarily occupied by the enemy territories; 5) counter-propaganda among the soldiers of the Nazi army and the German population. The special attention is paid to the questions of “feedback”. The Russian historiography has for the first time started to touch upon the everyday life of various social groups of the Soviet population, psychology of the masses and the individual, mass consciousness of the population, growth of religiosity of the population, military personnel, Patriotic spirit of clergy.

The Great Patriotic War has revealed very clearly the complex diversity of feelings, beliefs and views that distinguish the moral foundations of the patriot. From the beginning of fascist aggression and up to the end of the struggle against Nazi enemies, The Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) had being supported the spirit of patriotism. The authors also consider promising areas for further research on the history of propaganda work of the Soviet state among the soldiers and the population during the battle of Stalingrad.

Кеу words: The Great Patriotic War, the battle of Stalingrad, propaganda activity, printing, leaflets, historiography, cultural and educational work, propaganda.

Citation. Кumanev G.А., Serazetdinov B.U. On Domestic Historiography of Studying the Propaganda Activity during the Battle of Stalingrad. Vestnik Volgogradskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta. Seriya 4, Istoriya. Regionovedenie. Mezhdunarodnye otnosheniya [Science Journal of Volgograd State University. History. Area Studies. International Relations], 2018, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 199-211. (in Russian). DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu4.2018.2.18.

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