Soviet Anti-American Propaganda

This essay deals with Soviet propaganda against America, representing all capitalist nations as a whole, during the Cold War. It examines the tactics used by the USSR, primarily Andrei Zhandov’s ‘Two-Camp-Theory,’ in attempting to convince the Soviet public of the righteousness of socialism. To do so, a thorough analysis of a few propaganda posters from the time are studied and compared to Isabelle de Keghel’s analysis of a Soviet produced movie, Meeting on the Elbe. Some differences of persuasive devices between the posters and the movie are identified and examined, such as the complexity given to the American character in the movie – an ability to change ideals – that is missing from the posters. The essay concludes by questioning the effectiveness of propaganda on the Soviet viewer by studying experiments done to test the likelihood of successful persuasion done by propaganda.


4 thoughts on “Soviet Anti-American Propaganda”

  1. How can one look at a movie and still posters in the same frame, as one can portray more emotion or can have a deeper spoken meaning than the other?

  2. I think this is a very interesting topic, but sort of going off of the previous comment, what characteristics in the movies and posters are capable of being related and compared on the same level, considering these can be seen as two very different mediums?

  3. This seems like a very interesting topic, my question is that for the movie, are you fucusing on the actual movie, or Keghel’s analysis? Also, was the movie an entertainment movie, documentary, propaganda movie or some combination?

  4. I was somewhat confused as to whether you were discussing Anti-American Propaganda or Pro-Communism/Soviet propaganda. Was the propaganda used to try to convince the Soviet people about the greatness of communism or the evil of the Americans?

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