By James von Geldern
Within the early years of the USSR, socialist festivals--events entailing huge, immense cost and the deployment of millions of people--were inaugurated by way of the Bolsheviks. Avant-garde canvases embellished the streets, staff marched, and intricate mass spectacles have been staged. Why, with a civil struggle raging and an economic climate in ruins, did the regime sponsor such spectacles?In this primary finished research of ways gala's helped construct a brand new political tradition, James von Geldern examines the mass spectacles that captured the Bolsheviks' old imaginative and prescient. Spectacle administrators borrowed from a convention that incorporated tsarist pomp, avant-garde theater, and renowned celebrations. They remodeled the ideology of revolution right into a mythologized series of occasions that supplied new foundations for the Bolsheviks' declare to strength.
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The agitators reach the Cossacks in the inner courtyard and begin talking to them. . A sailor in the gallery of the Winter Palace throws a grenade among the cadets. The Cossack artillery gallops out of the Palace, deserting the Government. But still no answer to the ultimatum. The envoys with the white flag return from the Palace and firing begins. . The cruiser Aurora opens fire on the Winter Palace. The Mayor of Petrograd at the head of the bourgeois Committee of Salvation crosses a bridge to parley with the workers and is held up by pickets of sailors.
Victoria Bonnell and others who remain anonymous read the manuscript several timesfortitude enough alreadyand offered me far-reaching guidance and criticism. I thank them particularly for their commitment and diplomacy. S. Department of Education in the form of a Fulbright-Hayes grant, a Mellon Fellowship from Stanford University's Center for Soviet and East European Studies, and a summer grant from the University of Illinois's Center for Russian and East European Studies. I would also like to thank my anonymous friends, advisors, and aides in Russia, particularly Page xiv those in Leningrad's Theater Institute and the Lunacharsky Theater Library and Theater Museum.