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

ISBN-10: 0195050010
ISBN-13: 9780195050011
Edition: 2000
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/11/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 7.80" wide x 5.31" long x 0.71" tall
Weight: 0.726

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.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Party is Always Right""
Hard Times
Palaces on Monday
The Magic Tablecloth
Insulted and Injured
Family Problems
Conversations and Listeners
A Time of Troubles
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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