One of the most contemporary political topics, which has been evident today and also for many years, and has undoubtedly had a high impact on our social life, is anti-Americanism. The most important points of this theme are very vividly portrayed in this collection of Soviet era posters.
The main roles are played by the two opposing ideological giants, the USSR and the USA which were fighting with each other in the so-called Cold War for a long period of time. The Cold War deeply affected both sides, leaving behind deep scars. The by- products of this war – political conflict, military tension, a nuclear arms and space race and economic competition seemed to not only divide the two countries but also the whole world.
Since this time of nuclear tension we have seen the fall of USSR, the creation of the Warsaw Pact and other actions and steps which should have conveyed great changes into ire relationship between the two countries and the end of the former hostility and distrust towards the USA by Russia. America should by now have become a friend and an ally, and both superpowers should have become united to help each other work towards a brighter future, as the Russian political system has turned towards capitalism and taken one step closer to the sinister dog-eat-dog world.
However something must have gone deeply wrong, as now, the USA doesn’t appear have changed its place and function in the eyes of Russians. They still see it as an aggressive, treacherous enemy. It would seem that all those steps, taken previously towards the conciliation of the two countries had not been enough. or perhaps have been too shallow. The conflict seems to lie much deeper than the opposing political systems and long history of hostility towards each other. The posters that have been chosen for this collection are all from the Soviet pas: and all made in the USSR: however they stand firmly in today s political situation too. There is hardly any Soviet branding on the posters, they could have easily been created today, and not necessarily in Russia. Nevertheless, this is an antique collection, which was created in a very different socio- economic environment, which makes us really wonder why nothing has changed since that time.
Each poster from this collection could not possibly be considered irrelevant in the current climate. For many Russian people the USA continues to remain a malicious formation. It seems that now, more than ever. Russia has gained other enemies that try to attack its borders, under the persistent supervision of USA, through military and financial support. Just as Russians see the Americans as treacherous vultures, tirelessly digging their claws into our land: they, in their terms, see us as barbarians and savages. Which is why these posters would be applicable today in most Russia's political party meetings and rallies and they would be relevant in offices and public places. In this situation it would seem only fair to educate with such posters in the schools, just as our grandparents and parents were educated on anti- Americanism.
In the end the question remains whether it is possible for this conflict to be resolved and for Russia and the USA to become friends and allies, without stabbing each other in the back. Hopefully this will happen one day, but for now all we can do is enjoy the artwork that the past political situation has inspired and created.