Soviet and Russian Press Coverage of the United States

Press, Politics and Identity in Transition

  • Jonathan A. Becker

Part of the St Antony’s Series book series

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Jonathan A. Becker
      Pages 1-7
  3. Politics and the Press

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Jonathan A. Becker
      Pages 11-17
    3. Jonathan A. Becker
      Pages 18-36
    4. Jonathan A. Becker
      Pages 37-64
  4. Soviet and Russian Images of the United States

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Jonathan A. Becker
      Pages 72-86
    3. Jonathan A. Becker
      Pages 110-136
    4. Jonathan A. Becker
      Pages 137-157
  5. Conclusion

    1. Jonathan A. Becker
      Pages 158-166
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 167-233

About this book


This book examines changing Soviet and Russian press coverage of the United States from the emergence of Mikhail Gorbachev through the presidency of Vladimir Putin. A new afterword focuses on recent developments in the Russian media and Russian press coverage of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Becker argues that due to the absence of a language to support the reform strategy, the Soviet press presented positive images of its chief ideological and military opponent, the United States, as a means of supporting political, social and economic reform. He suggests that the end of the Cold War and the emergence of a more self-confident Russia means that the symbolic and discursive significance of the United States for Russia has diminished.


Cold War foreign policy media Mikhail Gorbachev Policy reform Russia Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)

Authors and affiliations

  • Jonathan A. Becker
    • 1
  1. 1.Bard CollegeUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1999
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Political & Intern. Studies Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-27392-8
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-59842-3
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