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Cultural Mobilization: Russian Theatre and the First World War, 1914–1917

Murray Frame
The Slavonic and East European Review
Vol. 90, No. 2 (April 2012), pp. 288-322
DOI: 10.5699/slaveasteurorev2.90.2.0288
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5699/slaveasteurorev2.90.2.0288
Page Count: 35
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Abstract

This article argues that the First World War marked a distinctive phase in the development of Russian theatre as an organized profession. In response to wartime pressures, the industry mounted a defence of its material interests. In the process, it reasserted a long-standing discourse about the public value of the stage, and called for theatrical ‘democratization’. Furthermore, the value of theatrical culture was increasingly linked to the necessity of wider political reform. The wartime experience of the theatre industry, therefore, points to an increasingly assertive cultural sphere, emboldened by the general spirit of mobilization.

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