Soviet Space Mythologies: Public Images, Private Memories, and the Making of a Cultural Identity

Soviet Space Mythologies: Public Images, Private Memories, and the Making of a Cultural Identity

by Slava Gerovitch

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Soviet Space Mythologies: Public Images, Private Memories, and the Making of a Cultural Identity by Slava Gerovitch

From the start, the Soviet human space program had an identity crisis. Were cosmonauts heroic pilots steering their craft through the dangers of space, or were they mere passengers riding safely aboard fully automated machines? Tensions between Soviet cosmonauts and space engineers were reflected not only in the internal development of the space program but also in Soviet propaganda that wavered between praising daring heroes and flawless technologies. Soviet Space Mythologies explores the history of the Soviet human space program within a political and cultural context, giving particular attention to the two professional groups—space engineers and cosmonauts—who secretly built and publicly represented the program. Drawing on recent scholarship on memory and identity formation, this book shows how both the myths of Soviet official history and privately circulating counter-myths have served as instruments of collective memory and professional identity. These practices shaped the evolving cultural image of the space age in popular Soviet imagination. Soviet Space Mythologies provides a valuable resource for scholars and students of space history, history of technology, and Soviet (and post-Soviet) history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822980964
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 07/24/2015
Series: Russian and East European Studies
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Slava Gerovitch is a lecturer in the history of mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of From Newspeak to Cyberspeak: A History of Soviet Cybernetics and Voices of the Soviet Space Program: Cosmonauts, Soldiers, and Engineers Who Took the USSR into Space.

Table of Contents

Contents Acknowledgments Introduction 1. “Why Are We Telling Lies?” The Construction of Soviet Space History Myths 2. Stalin's Rocket Designers' Leap Into Space: The Technical Intelligentsia Faces the Thaw 3. “New Soviet Man" Inside Machine: Human Engineering, Spacecraft Design, and the Construction of Communism 4. The Human in the Arms of Technology: Gagarin’s Flight in Documents and Stories 5. Human-Machine Issues, the Cosmonaut Profession, and Competing Visions of Spaceflight 6. The Human Inside a Propaganda Machine: The Public Image and Professional Identity of Soviet Cosmonauts 7. Remembering the Soviet Space Age: Myth and Identity in Post-Soviet Culture Notes Bibliography Index

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