David Brandenberger has written on Stalin-era propaganda, ideology and nationalism in journals like Russian Review, Kritika, Nationality Papers, Europe-Asia Studies, Jahrbuecher fuer Geschichte Osteuropas, and Voprosy istorii. His first book, National Bolshevism: Stalinist Mass Culture and the Formation of Modern Russian National Identity, 1931-1956 (Harvard, 2002), focuses on the USSR's reliance on russocentric mobilizational propaganda and the effect that this pragmatic use of historical heroes, imagery and iconography had on national consciousness among Russian-speakers, both during the Stalin period and after. His second book, an interdisciplinary co-edited volume titled Epic Revisionism: Russian History and Literature as Stalinist Propaganda (Wisconsin, 2006), elaborates on many of these themes in its examination of the Stalin regime's co-option of canonical classics from Pushkin and Lermontov to Peter the Great and Ivan the Terrible. His third book, Propaganda State in Crisis: Soviet Ideology, Indoctrination and Terror under Stalin, 1928-1941 (Yale, 2011), explores the USSR's failure to inculcate a sense of communist identity in interwar Soviet society—a failure that precipitated the mobilizational exigencies detailed in his earlier books. At present, Brandenberger is finishing a critical edition of the USSR's infamous party history textbook, The Short Course on the History of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1938), for Yale University Press and beginning a new Fulbright-sponsored book on the 1949 Leningrad Affair, Stalin's last political purge.
National Bolshevism: Stalinist Mass Culture and the Formation of Modern Russian National Identity, 1931-1956 (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2002). Published in Russian as Natsional-Bol'shevizm: stalinskaia massovaia kul'tura i formirovanie russkogo natsional'nogo samosoznaniia, 1931-1956 gg. (St. Petersburg: Akaemicheskii proekt, 2009)
Epic Revisionism: Russian History and Literature as Stalinist Propaganda (co-edited with Kevin M. F. Platt) (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2006)
Propaganda State in Crisis: Soviet Ideology, Indoctrination and Terror Under Stalin, 1927-1941 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011)
Political Humor under Stalin: an Anthology of Unofficial Jokes and Anecdotes (Bloomington: Slavica, 2009), 158 pp.
Dnevnik istorika S. A. Piontkovskogo [The Diary of the Historian S. A. Piontkovskii] (co-edited with A. L. Litvin and A. M. Dubrovskii) (Kazan': Kazan' State University Press, 2009), 514 pp.
B.A., Macalester College
M.A., Harvard University
Ph.D., Harvard University
Imperial Russia / Soviet Union / Post-Soviet space
Ideology & Propaganda
Interdisciplinary methodology (esp. concerning literature and film)