Image of the Future in Russian Communism: Narratives of the Collective Representations in the 1920s in the USSR

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Velikanova, Olga V. 2006.

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Abstract: Representations of the future are part of any worldview. In opposition to the Christian notion of the Apocalypse, the Enlightenment paradigm suggested the idea of a bright future. In the beginning of the 20th century, many people all over the world were under the impression that freedom and justice existed in the world and that imperfection could be overcome through social and technical progress. Faith in Progress was one of the most effective consolations for humans affected by fears of modernization. This global upsurge of utopian hopes and faith in progress was embodied in the anticipation of a socialist miracle. In socialist myth the value of the future was strongly emphasized. My paper studies the parameters of the Communist concept of the bright future in opposition to the liberal ideologies - collective (rather than individual) salvation, the narrative of sacrifices, and short-term orientation. This paper will use new archival documents to study popular visions of the socialist future, including abundance, brotherhood, love and equity.

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  • International Journal of the Humanities, 2006, Champaign: Common Ground Publishing

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  • Publication Title: International Journal of the Humanities
  • Volume: 2
  • Issue: 3
  • Page Start: 2213
  • Page End: 2221
  • Peer Reviewed: Yes

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Velikanova, Olga V. Image of the Future in Russian Communism: Narratives of the Collective Representations in the 1920s in the USSR, article, 2006; [Champaign, Illinois]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc174712/: accessed September 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Arts and Sciences.