Demonstration of Discursive Power: the Top Party Leadership of the USSR and Organizing the Celebration of May 1 and November 7 (1950–1960s)
Демонстрация дискурсивной власти: высшее партийное руководство СССР и организация празднования 1 мая и 7 ноября (1950–1960-е годы)

Aleksei D. Popov, V.I. Vernadskiy Crimean Federal University, Simferopol, Russia, Nikita Yu. Pivovarov, Institute of World History of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
2021 Historical Courier  
The article analyzes the activities of the supreme political body of the USSR (Politburo/ Presidium of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union) to prepare for the two most important official holiday dates -the Holiday of International Solidarity of Workers (May 1) and the Anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution (November 7) in the 1950-1960s. The role of the top party leadership of the USSR in the preparation and conduct of the most important festive
more » ... is described (including a military parade and a mass demonstration of workers in Red Square in Moscow). The authors conclude that official political holidays in the Soviet Union of the 1950s and 1960s continued to play the same functions (presentation, consolidation, mobilization) as during the Stalin period. At the same time, it is shown that the Politburo/Presidium of the Central Committee of the CPSU in the process of preparing for the holidays pays increasing attention not to script, but to discursive issues, which was expressed in the collegial process of editing and approving various texts of political discourse (solemn speeches, orders, festive appeals).
doi:10.31518/2618-9100-2021-6-4 fatcat:zchpdoe7yjg2djbnyf52hpudsy