Imagining America: Influence and Images in Twentieth-century Russia

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2003 - 309
In Imagining America, historian Alan M. Ball explores American influence in two newborn Russian states: the young Soviet Union and the modern Russian Republic. Ball deftly illustrates how in each era Russians have approached the United States with a conflicting mix of ideas--as a land to admire from afar, to shun at all costs, to emulate as quickly as possible, or to surpass on the way to a superior society. Drawing on a wide variety of sources including contemporary journals, newspapers, films, and popular songs, Ball traces the shifting Russian perceptions of American cultural, social, and political life. As he clearly demonstrates, throughout their history Russian imaginations featured a United States that political figures and intellectuals might embrace, exploit, or attack, but could not ignore.
 

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The Land of the Benzine Pegasus
1
THE EARLY SOVIET PERIOD
21
Soviet Americanism
23
Heavenly Miracles
57
Happy Endings and Jolly Guys
87
ArchBourgeois Machines
119
Catch and Surpass
145
THE CONTEMPORARY ERA
175
Holy Communion at McDonalds
177
The American Model
213
Counterstrike
237
Gudbai Amerika?
259
Index
293
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Alan M. Ball is associate professor of history at Marquette University and the author of Russia's Last Capitalists: The Nepmen, 1921-1929 and And Now My Soul is Hardened: Abandoned Children in Soviet Russia, 1918-1930.

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