The Military Uses of Literature: Fiction and the Armed by Mark T. Hooker

By Mark T. Hooker

This ebook reports the made-to-order style of socialist-realist fiction that was once produced on the course of the most Political Directorate of the Soviet military and army (MPD) as part of the battle for men's minds waged through the Soviet nation. the 1st bankruptcy is a historical past of the style, tracing it from its roots within the Revolution to the dissolution of the MDP in 1991. themes tested within the booklet contain the perspective towards Germans following global warfare II; the retirement of the realm battle II new release; army better halves; expensive John letters; lifestyles at distant posts; the army as a socializing establishment; using deadly strength by means of sentries; attitudes towards box education workouts, heroism, and initiative; legitimacy of command; and the reception of Afghan vets.

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In the context of this discussion, the use of conscience as a motivator for adherence to orders in the face of some reluctance on the part of the troops is very reminiscent of Engels' definition of freedom: the recognition of necessity. The military kollektiv is a complex set of social interactions. It is built from the unity of the wills of the commanders and their subordinates. The superiority of the Soviet Armed Forces is based on the communality of ideals and political convictions of the Soviet 22 The Military Uses of Literature people and their defenders, the members of the Armed Forces.

The work is a model propaganda piece that tells the story of the military commandant of Dornau as he and his staff help the Germans in the Soviet Zone of Occupation build a democratic Germany that will be the Guarantee of peace in Europe. (Sobko, 6 & 112) Land reform, the nationalization of industry and the formation of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED) are painted in the standard colors of Soviet propaganda of the period, which is certainly one of the reasons that Sobko's book was awarded the Stalin prize for literature (third class) in 1950.

Literaturnaya Rossiya, 16 December 1977, pp. 4-5. 65. " 66. Ibid. 67. " 40 The Military Uses of Literature 68. "Vysokoe prizvanie voennykh pisatelej" [The Great Calling of Military Writers], Red Star, 11 December 1977, p. 2. 69. N. Vysotskaya and K. Grigor'ev, "Radi zhizni na zemle: kruglyj stol Literaturnoj gazety i Soyuza pisatelej Ukrainy" [For Life on Earth: a Roundtable Discussion Hosted by Literary Gazette and the Writers' Union of Ukraine], Literary Gazette, 22 February 1978, pp. 1, 4. 70.

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