Record: oai:ARNO:643655

AuteurJudith Jongeneel
TitelThe weekly Ogonyok in Soviet and American public discourse. The image of the Soviet liberalisations in East and West (1986-1991)
BegeleidersSudha Rajagopalan, Rimko van der Maar
FaculteitFaculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
OpleidingFGw MA - Geschiedenis: Geschiedenis van de Internationale Betrekkingen - 404625
TrefwoordenOgonyok; Vitaly Korotich; Cold War; Perestroika; Transnational discourses
SamenvattingMany scholars have attempted to explain the sudden change in Cold War-relations in the second half of the 1980s. Research fields have enlarged from customary subjects of ideology and diplomacy to human rights, media, literature, and an assortment of cultural, social, intellectual and economic approaches. Recent theories emphasize the importance of multiple factors that played a role in the period prior to the end of the Cold War in 1991. The theories suggest that social, political and cultural developments together characterized the tapering off of the Cold War. One of these developments that signalled that times were changing was the way the media worked. Ogonyok was one of the most important publications at the time in the Soviet Union. Its radical editor-in-chief Vitaly Korotich tried to test the limits of the newly introduced glasnost by publishing daring and shocking content about problems in Soviet society, the socialist system, Stalin’s war crimes and the falsification of history. Both in the Soviet Union and the United States the magazine received lots of attention. To draw more insight into Ogonyok’s influence on the changing international climate, this thesis compares transnational discourses about Ogonyok’s role in the liberalisations of the Cold War climate in the second half of the 1980s.
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