The Cult of Ivan the Terrible in Stalin’s Russia

  • Maureen Perrie

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Maureen Perrie
      Pages 1-4
  3. Prologue Pre-Stalinization: Images of Ivan IV before 1934

  4. The Stalinization of Russian History

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Maureen Perrie
      Pages 45-69
  5. The Stalinization of Ivan the Terrible

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Maureen Perrie
      Pages 73-84
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      Pages 85-105
  6. Three Artistic Representations of Ivan

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Maureen Perrie
      Pages 109-126
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      Pages 127-148
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      Pages 149-178
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      Pages 192-196
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 197-255

About this book


Ivan IV, the sixteenth-century Russian tsar notorious for his reign of terror, became an unlikely national hero in the Soviet Union during the 1940s. This book traces the development of Ivan's positive image, placing it in the context of Stalin's campaign for patriotism. In addition to historians' images of Ivan, the author examines literary and artistic representations, including Sergei Eisenstein's famous film, banned for its depiction of the tsar which was interpreted as an allegorical criticism of Stalin.


Adolf Hitler chronology film historiography history revolution Russia Soviet Union Stalin Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)

Authors and affiliations

  • Maureen Perrie
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Russian and East European StudiesUniversity of BirminghamUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2001
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-39741-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4039-1969-4
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