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October 1988
272 pages  

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The Truth of Authority
Ideology and Communication in the Soviet Union
Remington, Thomas
Thomas Remington views the methods used by the Communist Party in official communications to Soviet society during the 1970s and 1980s.

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Thomas F. Remington is professor of political science at Emory University.
“A major contribution to the field of Soviet studies. Remington carefully and systematically describes the ideological work of the Soviet Communist party, from the system of party education to supervision of the news media. . . . This volume should be required reading for graduate courses; its accessible style makes it highly useful for undergraduates as well.”—Choice

“This book, essential to anyone in political communication not limited to Western, democratic societies, presents important information of many kinds. Remington not only traces evolution in ideological rhetoric under Soviet leaders from Khrushchev to Gorbachev, but documents numbers of employees and organs of CPSU propaganda at national and provincial levels. . . . a gold mine of information ranging from mass communication to political theory.”—Quarterly Review of Speech

“A valuable addition to the literature on ideology and communication in general, and on the nature and function of Soviet ideology in particular. . . . Remington has produced a work that is well documented with Soviet and Western sources, accessible to the reading public, and useful to the scholar.”—Problems of Communism

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Russian and East European Studies
Russia and East Europe/Politics

Thomas Remington discusses the methods used by the Communist Party to manage communications in Soviet society. Covering literature produced by Soviet scholars from the 1970s and 1980s, that studies the organization, content, usage, and impact of propaganda, Remington views how Party officials intrinsically manage the structure of the Soviet communications system, through rhetoric of both conservatism and reform.


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