Politics and History In The Soviet Union
Historiography in the mid-twentieth century USSR was charged to an unprecedented degree with the functions of legitimizing political institutions, perpetuating established mores and mythology, and rationalizing official policies. The specific claims of Marxist-Leninist doctrine placed the Soviet historian—required to serve as scholar, high priest, and political functionary, often caught between the conflicting pressures of ideological orthodoxy and liberalization—under special tensions.
This book presents a detailed analysis of Soviet historiography of the Communist Party in the USSR after Khrushchev's secret speech denouncing Stalin through the Twenty-third Party Congress (roughly 1956-1966). The author uses source materials that she spent a number of years reading and translating—Soviet mass-edition texts and pamphlets, scholarly monographs, articles in historical journals and the popular press—to construct a schematic chronology of developments in political history and related political events under Khrushchev and his immediate successors.