'Animal Farm' - historical context (pt 1/3)
Andy Kershaw explores how the allegorical novel 'Animal Farm' reflects the events leading up to Stalin seizing power in Russia. He examines how the characters and plot represent the fundamental figures and events that shaped this period. Andy explains that George Orwell, a democratic socialist, was extremely sceptical of Stalin's intentions, and uses his novel to highlight how destructive the consequences would be.
Kershaw provides an overview of the history of the USSR, its key figures and the darker side of Stalinism. He gives an overview of the historical, political and social context that inspired Orwell to write his dystopian novel.