Becoming Soviet: The Transformation of Everyday Life in Stalin’s Times

Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Intercultural Center, McGhee Library - rm.301 37th and O St., N.W., Washington

Becoming Soviet: The Transformation of Everyday Life in Stalin’s Times 

with Malte Rolf

University of Bamberg, Germany

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

McGhee Library

3:00 pm



Malte Rolf is professor of history at the University of Bamberg, Germany. His book

Soviet Mass Festivals has received the Klaus Mehnert Award by the German Society for

East European Studies and the Doctorate Award of University of Tübingen.


Soviet Mass Festivals, 1917–1991 by Malte Rolf was published in 2014 by University

of Pittsburgh Press (Pitt Series in Russian and East European Studies).

Mass festivals were a trademark of twentieth-century authoritarianism, as seen in fascist

Italy, Nazi Germany, and elsewhere. But nowhere was this phenomenon more prevalent

than in the Soviet Union. Despite being a dominant feature of Soviet culture, these public

spectacles have been largely overlooked as objects of study by historians.

Originally published in German, Malte Rolf ’s highly acclaimed work examines the

creation and perpetuation of large-scale celebrations such as May Day, the anniversary of

the October Revolution, Harvest Day, and others throughout the Soviet era.

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