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Imagining the Unimaginable: World War, Modern Art, and the Politics of Public Culture in Russia, 1914-1917
As World War I shaped and molded European culture to an unprecedented degree, it also had a profound influence on the politics and aesthetics of early-twentieth-century Russian culture. In this provocative and fascinating work, Aaron J. Cohen shows how World War I changed Russian culture and especially Russian art. A wartime public culture destabilized conventional pattern ...more
Hardcover, 246 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by University of Nebraska Press
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Another good recent work on Russia during the First World war, through the lens of the visual arts. This is, however, in some ways more of an art history book, and for the reader less interested in the specifics of the art history and non-representational art, reading the introduction and conclusion will probably be sufficient to get the "gist" of the book. I appreciated the way in which Cohen incorporated theorists such as Pierra Nora and Jurgen Habermas without losing clarity to complex theori ...more
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