Title

Propaganda Posters and Literacy in Early Soviet Russia

Presenter Information

Loredana Ribera

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC 135

Start Date

17-5-2012

End Date

17-5-2012

Abstract

During and immediately after the Russian Revolution of 1917, Lenin and the Bolsheviks used many forms of propaganda to foster support for their aims. Since their favored journalistic strategy was incomprehensible to most of the population, the political poster became an important vehicle for promotion of Bolshevik ideology. On the posters, creative pictures and very direct messages could also promote literacy itself. This paper argues that Soviet propaganda posters of the revolutionary period had the dual goal of promoting literacy and the Party’s agenda.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Roxanne Easley

Additional Mentoring Department

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Propaganda Posters and Literacy in Early Soviet Russia

SURC 135

During and immediately after the Russian Revolution of 1917, Lenin and the Bolsheviks used many forms of propaganda to foster support for their aims. Since their favored journalistic strategy was incomprehensible to most of the population, the political poster became an important vehicle for promotion of Bolshevik ideology. On the posters, creative pictures and very direct messages could also promote literacy itself. This paper argues that Soviet propaganda posters of the revolutionary period had the dual goal of promoting literacy and the Party’s agenda.