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Everyday Stalinism: Ordinary Life in Extraordinary Times: Soviet Russia in the 1930s

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Here is a pioneering account of everyday life under Stalin, written by one of our foremost authorities on modern Russian history.

Focusing on urban areas in the 1930s, Sheila Fitzpatrick shows that with the adoption of collectivization and the first Five-Year Plan, everyday life was utterly transformed. With the abolition of the market, shortages of food, clothing, and all kinds of consumer goods became endemic. As peasants fled the collectivized villages, major cities were soon in the grip of an acute housing crisis, with families jammed for decades in tiny single rooms in communal apartments, counting living space in square meters. It was a world of privation, overcrowding, endless queues, and broken families, in which the regime's promises of future socialist abundance rang hollowly. We read of a government bureaucracy that often turned everyday life into a nightmare, and of the ways that ordinary citizens tried to circumvent it, primarily by patronage and the ubiquitous system of personal connections known as blat. And we read of the police surveillance that was endemic to this society, and the waves of terror like the Great Purges of 1937, that periodically cast this world into turmoil. Fitzpatrick illuminates the ways that Soviet city-dwellers coped with this world, examining such diverse activities as shopping, traveling, telling jokes, finding an apartment, getting an education, landing a job, cultivating patrons and connections, marrying and raising a family, writing complaints and denunciations, voting, and trying to steer clear of the secret police.

Based on extensive research in Soviet archives only recently opened to historians, this superb book illuminates the ways ordinary people tried to live normal lives under extraordinary circumstances.

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An account of everyday life in the Soviet Union under Stalin. Focusing on the urban population, Fitzpatrick shows how living conditions and day-to-day practices changed dramatically following "Stalin's Revolution" at the beginning of the 1930s.

Synopsis:

Here is a pioneering account of everyday life under Stalin, written by a leading authority on modern Russian history. Focusing on the urban population, Fitzpatrick depicts a world of privation, overcrowding, endless lines, and broken homes, in which the regime's promises of future socialist abundance rang hollowly. We read of a government bureaucracy that often turned life into a nightmare, and of how ordinary citizens tried to circumvent it. We also read of the secret police, whose constant surveillance was endemic at this time, and the waves of terror, like the Great Purges of 1937, which periodically cast society into turmoil.

Synopsis:

Drawing on research from newly opened Soviet archives, a leading authority on modern Russian history shows how living conditions and day-to-day practices changed dramatically in Soviet Russia with Stalin's revolution of the 1930s--forcing ordinary people to live under extraordinary circumstances. 5 halftones. 5 illustrations.

About the Author

Sheila Fitzpatrick teaches modern Russian history at the University of Chicago. A former President of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, and a co-editor of The Journal of Modern History, she is also the author of The Russian Revolution, Stalin's Peasants, and many other books and articles about Russia. She lives in Chicago.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195050011
Author:
Fitzpatrick, Sheila
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Sheila
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Communism
Subject:
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Subject:
Soviet Union
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
History, World | Russia
Subject:
Former Soviet Union
Subject:
History, World | Russia and Former Soviet Union
Subject:
History, World | Russia & Former Soviet Union
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Copyright:
Series Volume:
300
Publication Date:
20000531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 halftones
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
8.30x5.12x.60 in. .58 lbs.

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Product details 312 pages Oxford University Press - English 9780195050011 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , An account of everyday life in the Soviet Union under Stalin. Focusing on the urban population, Fitzpatrick shows how living conditions and day-to-day practices changed dramatically following "Stalin's Revolution" at the beginning of the 1930s.
"Synopsis" by , Here is a pioneering account of everyday life under Stalin, written by a leading authority on modern Russian history. Focusing on the urban population, Fitzpatrick depicts a world of privation, overcrowding, endless lines, and broken homes, in which the regime's promises of future socialist abundance rang hollowly. We read of a government bureaucracy that often turned life into a nightmare, and of how ordinary citizens tried to circumvent it. We also read of the secret police, whose constant surveillance was endemic at this time, and the waves of terror, like the Great Purges of 1937, which periodically cast society into turmoil.
"Synopsis" by , Drawing on research from newly opened Soviet archives, a leading authority on modern Russian history shows how living conditions and day-to-day practices changed dramatically in Soviet Russia with Stalin's revolution of the 1930s--forcing ordinary people to live under extraordinary circumstances. 5 halftones. 5 illustrations.

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