Understanding Animal Farm: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents


Animal Farm is a political allegory of the history of the USSR written in the form of a fable. Its stinging moral warning against the abuse of power is forcefully demonstrated in this casebook through a wide variety of historical, political, and literary documents that are directly applicable to the novel. Included are passages from the Soviet press; excerpts from personal memoirs and correspondence; original translations from Russian and East German sources that show the meaning of Animal Farm for those nations' readers; and historical and political sources on Marxism, the Russian Revolution, the Cold War, and Glasnost. Many of these documents have not been available in print before.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • William E. Shanahan III
  • Jonathan Rose
  • Denise Weeks
  • John Rodden
  • Cristen Carson Reat
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1999


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