Understanding Animal Farm: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents

Synopsis

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

Contributors:
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