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CENSORED: How The West Became Soviet Russia

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For instance, in the 1950 edition of The Ordeal of Sevastopol, censors made over three hundred cuts, [7] screening the book's references to Frenchmen as "a people of very lively imagination", and the chivalrous treatments which the French gave to Russian prisoners—such as eating in the passenger's lounge and being given a hundred francs per month—were extracted from the text. With the start of the Cold War, a curse on anti-Westernization was proclaimed, mirroring the American Second Red Scare to some extent. More moderate cases were recorded, such as a picture by Ivan Pyryev, where Stalin only changed the title from Anka to The Party Card. Elements of anti-Westernization included censoring religion and technological superiority, while signs of weakness in the Soviet military, like lost battles or frightened soldiers, were expurgated to further nationalistic goals. Samizdat, allegorical styles, smuggling, and tamizdat (publishing abroad) were used as methods of circumventing censorship.

This cogently written, highly readable book attempts to answer that latter question, and I personally think that it does so rather successfully. Beginning with the Russian Civil War (1917–1922), censoring film effectively advanced socialist realism, a mode of art production that positively portrays socialism and constituents of socialist nations.One example is the 1940 film, The Law of Life, which was retracted from cinemas after ten days because it negatively portrayed a Komsomol leader by depicting him as hypocritical and abusing his power. In the 1932 book Russia Washed in Blood, a Bolshevik's harrowing account of Moscow's devastation from the October Revolution contained the description, "frozen rotten potatoes, dogs eaten by people, children dying out, hunger," but was promptly deleted.

Socialist realism is promoted since, at the end of the movie, her loyalty to the party takes precedence over her romantic feelings; therefore, Stalin approved its production.Stalin organized a military tribunal which castigated the scenarist Aleksandr Avdeenko, accusing him of inaccurate representations of Soviet reality. In this manner, a movie named The Diamond Arm was saved after the director, Leonid Gaidai, intentionally included a nuclear explosion at the end of the film. In the 1959 film Ballad of a Soldier, Alyosha, the main character, experiences a conflict between his lover and his obligations to the military.

You may not particularly care for Alex Jones or Laura Loomer or Gavin Mcinnes or Tommy Robinson or Paul Joseph Watson -- the five contributing authors of CENSORED: HOW THE WEST BECAME SOVIET UNION -- but you ought to at least be concerned that each of them has been the victim of inexcusable de-platforming on the part of at least one social media company or another. Translations of foreign publications were often produced in a truncated form, accompanied with extensive corrective footnotes. The First Department in many agencies and institutions, such as the State Statistical Committee ( Goskomstat), was responsible for assuring that state secrets and other sensitive information only reached authorized hands. After reading the testimonies of these five contributing authors, it's absolutely mind-boggling to me that they've been the victims of online censorship, merely for their expressing viewpoints that either challenge the official account or that contradict the position held by mainstream media. Poet Vladimir Lifschitz, for instance, invented a British poet named James Clifford, who allegedly died in 1944 on the Western Front.For anyone who values the fundamental freedoms which the west was founded on, CENSORED ought to be top-priority reading. As peasant uprisings defined pre- World War II Soviet censorship, nationalism defined the period during the war. Enter the umbrageous and those prone to easy outrage, often over the most trivial of perceived offenses, or those who cry "xenophobe! A noble and democratic ideal has it that the right to freedom of expression of even one's harshest of critics ought to be defended, regardless of one's personal feelings for the person. Religious intolerance and atheism was another goal of post-World War II censorship, and was an extension of anti-Westernization.

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