Academic journal article Journalism History

Book Reviews -- the News under Russia's Old Regime by Louise McReynolds

Academic journal article Journalism History

Book Reviews -- the News under Russia's Old Regime by Louise McReynolds

Article excerpt

For years, one of the dominant trends in western historiography was to show how the 1917 Bolshevik revolution in Russia was an inevitable outcome of a series of events in which social change and socialist thought were preeminent. If the mass media received any attention, it was in how mobilizing periodicals (one of the last of which was Pravda), appearing only in dozens or hundreds of copies, had helped the revolutionary wave to grow.

Nearly forgotten was the rapid industrialization and urbanization that engulfed Russia late in the nineteenth century. This introduced many of the same formations that had characterized other countries in that century, although perhaps at a more frantic pace. The mass circulation press played a part in this process. It not only helped spread literacy through popular entertainment, described so well in Jeffrey Brooks' landmark study, When Russia Learned to Read, but it led to the growth of newspapers, which is the subject of this book by one of Brooks' students when he was at the University of Chicago.

Louise McReynolds, now at the University of Hawaii, draws in this study both on her experience as a researcher for Phil Meyer and on a wealth of western journalism historians and researchers: the names of David Nord, Warren Francke, Ted Smythe, Edwin Emery, Walter Lippmann, Michael Schudson, Jim Carey, and others are used to great benefit. She discusses a range of great publishers and journalists, including publisher Ivan Sytin and his newspaper Russkoe slovo, whose circulation topped one million, and the paper's leading journalist, V.M. Doroshevich. She compares developments in Russia with what was happening not only in the United States, but also in France and Great Britain. …

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