Modelling the Socialist Kindergarten in the Early Soviet Picture Book

Saddington, Frances (2019) Modelling the Socialist Kindergarten in the Early Soviet Picture Book. History, 104 (361). pp. 425-458. ISSN 0018-2648

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After the October Revolution, the Bolsheviks aimed to create a modern socialist society which would be populated by a ‘new Soviet man’, who would take control of his own destiny and build a communist future. The first generation of Soviet children were perfect modelling material for this new type of citizen and the kindergarten was marked out as one of the institutions which would foster revolutionary transformation. Picture books for young children which featured the kindergarten acted as a guidebook for the rational, socialist education which was envisaged by progressive educators. Story book kindergartens were exemplary institutions where children engaged in a collective daily routine. Stories taught the reader how play was training for work and that pre-schoolers were capable of learning to work for the good of the group. They modelled political activism with children taking part in communist festivals and spending time with Pioneers. Authors and illustrators also realized that children were still children and embedded even the most political picture books with humour, brightly coloured pictures and easy-to-grasp imagery.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: history ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1200/1202
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of History
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2019 16:30
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 04:34
DOI: 10.1111/1468-229X.12732

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