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Ideologies and Realities of the Masses in Communist Czechoslovakia

Thorne, Vanda (2005) Ideologies and Realities of the Masses in Communist Czechoslovakia. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This dissertation rethinks some of the core arguments of the Western theories of the masses. By demonstrating the inapplicability of these theories in the situation of the Twentieth Century totalitarian regime in Czechoslovakia, this study argues for a replacement of the dominant paradigms with new theories of the masses relevant to the specific historical and social conditions. History of the masses in communist Czechoslovakia shows that the masses were not viewed as an inherently destructive social element. Instead, the masses functioned as supportive social structures for the oppressive regime, but also as the expressions of the nascent democratic civic interaction that later challenged this regime.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
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TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairSterne, Jonathan
Committee MemberMcCloskey, Barbara
Committee MemberPoulakos, John
Committee MemberSimonson, Peter
Date: 6 June 2005
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 3 February 2005
Approval Date: 6 June 2005
Submission Date: 15 April 2005
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Communication: Rhetoric and Communication
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: communism; ideology; masses; totalitarianism
Other ID:, etd-04152005-030452
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:37
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:40


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