The repression of dissidence

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2. <ul><li>Definition - disagreement, especially about an official suggestion or plan or a popular belief. </li></ul><ul><li>While…
  • 2. <ul><li>Definition - disagreement, especially about an official suggestion or plan or a popular belief. </li></ul><ul><li>While dissent under Stalin was too dangerous, once Khrushchev had destroyed the infallibility of Communist leadership, people were more willing to express their opinions. </li></ul><ul><li>There is no evidence of widespread public dissatisfaction, though may have grumbled about everyday problems like food shortages. </li></ul><ul><li>Political dissent was rare. </li></ul>
  • 3. <ul><li>There was a dilemma which existed since Stalin’s death. How far to suppress dissent. </li></ul><ul><li>Under Stalin, this had been absolute and with stifling repression. However, whilst this was clearly not favoured by Brezhnev, he did not wish for an open society either. </li></ul><ul><li>This dilemma had existed under Khrushchev, who had been inconsistent in his approach towards dissent. </li></ul>
  • 4. <ul><li>Brezhnev allowed art that reflected the views of the most dominant class in society, i.e the working class, but did not allow “art for art’s sake”. </li></ul><ul><li>Brezhnev is said to have allowed some expression of differing views, but did not return to the very partial liberalisation of the arts attempted by Khrushchev. </li></ul><ul><li>Those that became known as dissidents were not political, but often artistic or intellectual. </li></ul>Artistic expression under Stalinism had been limited to Social Realism
  • 5. <ul><li>Stick in the pictures of Sinyavsky and Daniel. </li></ul><ul><li>Use p.104 to explain what happened to them both. </li></ul><ul><li>Underneath, explain the outcome of this affair using the information under “Sinyavsky and Daniel” and also “The spread of dissidence” on p.104-5. </li></ul>
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