Examine the Soviet propaganda posters on this page and answer the following questions.
What were the primary Soviet critiques of the United States, and what symbols did these posters use to communicate them?
Do you find any of this criticism of the United States convincing?
Is there value in studying a rival’s propaganda against your own country?
Is there danger in studying a rival’s propaganda against your own country?
Propaganda like this shaped the Soviet people’s view of the United States. Imagine you are an American – how would you explain the criticisms leveled in these posters to a Soviet citizen?
Often, the qualities we criticize in others reveal something about how we see ourselves. What do Soviet criticisms about the United States reveal about their own national self-image?
“Orchestra.” E. Gelms, 1953.
“Dollar.” E. Gelms, 1953.
“Peace.” E. Gelms, 1953.
“According to the Old Fascist Road.” V, Briskin, 1953.
“The Goal of Capitalism.” B. Semenov, 1953.
“U.S. Diplomats.” V. Briskin, 1953.
“Washington’s Pigeon.” B. Efimov, 1953.
“In the Soviet Union – in the United States.” V. Briskin / M. Ivanov, 1953.
“Friendship, American-style.” V. Briskin, 1954.
“Freedom is not for the People.” K. Vladimirov, 1957.
“U.S. Deputy Career.” V. Slychenko, 1958.
“Remember Hiroshima.” B. Prorokhov, 1959.
“Untitled.” K. Georgiev, 1963.
“First Lesson.” K. Georgiev, 1964.
“Stop the Killers.” E. Arcrunyan, 1965.
“Jail.” V. Koretsky / Y. Kershin, 1968.
“In the Concrete Jungle.” A. Zhitomirsky, 1970.
“American ‘Freedom – 70.'” B. Efimov, 1970.
An imposing enigma in the West, at the start of the twenty-first century Russia remains one of the key players in the unfolding story of world history. Little understood, Russia and its millennium-and-half long history are rarely studied in American classrooms.
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