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Van Herpen, Marcel H., Putin’s Propaganda Machine: Soft Power and Russian Foreig

Van Herpen, Marcel H., Putin’s Propaganda Machine: Soft Power and Russian Foreign Policy. Lanham: Rowan and Littlefield, 2016. Introduction: Reading Comprehension Questions 1. What is the author referring to when he refers to the intervention in Ukraine 2014? (You might need to consult the internet) 2. Why does Irina Prokhorova call Putin’s propaganda Stalinist? 3. What is Agit-prop? 4. What did Bolshevik propaganda and Nazi propaganda have in common? 5. Which of Bolsheviks’ strategies has Putin employed? 6. How has Putin innovated propaganda? 7. Who is Igor Panarin? What does he believe about the West’s role in the fall of the Soviet Union? 8. Which Soviet leader does Panarin blame the most? 9. Who is Aleksandr Dugin? Judging by the titles of his book’s chapters, what are some of his beliefs about the West? 10. Van Herpen states that the West’s reasons for rebuking Russia are its policies of “ aggressive territorial revisionism,” “internal authoritarianism” and “ideological closure.” Please explain these terms in your own words. 11. Why do these authors consider Russia’s information war “defensive?” 12. In your own words, what will the author discuss in Part I of the book? 13. What will he discuss in Part II? 14. What will he discuss in Part III?

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