The Russian Reading Revolution

Print Culture in the Soviet and Post-Soviet Eras

  • Stephen Lovell

Part of the Studies in Russia and East Europe book series (SREE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Stephen Lovell
    Pages 1-24
  3. Stephen Lovell
    Pages 25-44
  4. Stephen Lovell
    Pages 128-155
  5. Stephen Lovell
    Pages 156-159
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 160-215

About this book


Of all of Soviet cultural myths, none was more resilient than the belief that the USSR had the world's greatest readers. This book explains how the 'Russian reading myth' took hold in the 1920s and 1930s, how it was supported by a monopolistic and homogenizing system of book production and distribution, and how it was challenged in the post-Stalin era; first, by the latent expansion and differentiation of the reading public, and then, more dramatically, by the economic and cultural changes of the 1990s.


Expansion revolution Russia Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)

Authors and affiliations

  • Stephen Lovell
    • 1
  1. 1.St John’s CollegeOxfordUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2000
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-41788-9
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-59645-0
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