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The Chairman Smiles

The 145 posters gathered together on the International Institute of Social History website represent some of the best propaganda efforts of the former Soviet Union, China, and Cuba. In the Soviet Posters section, readers can peruse representations from the Revolution of 1917, the subsequent civil war, the Five Year Plans of the 1930s, and Stalin's dictatorship. The Chinese posters include rare works of art from the 1949 overthrow of the Nationalists, triumphant images propagating the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution, and, of course, wonderful portraits of Chairman Mao Zedong. As for the Cuban posters, they tend to focus on the nation building activities of the 1960s, when Fidel Castro steered the country through U.S. invasion, the Missile Crisis, and many socialist reforms. Besides being historically informative, the posters collected here are strikingly beautiful, often drawn or painted by artists at the height of their crafts.
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December 19th, 2014
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October 26th, 2007 at 7:59am
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October 29th, 2007 at 4:04pm
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