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Revolution on My Mind Writing a Diary under Stalin

ISBN-10: 0674032314
ISBN-13: 9780674032316
Edition: 2006
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Description: Revolution on My Mind is a stunning revelation of the inner world of Stalin's Russia. We see into the minds and hearts of Soviet citizens who recorded their lives during an extraordinary period of revolutionary fervor and state terror. Writing a  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 4/14/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Revolution on My Mind is a stunning revelation of the inner world of Stalin's Russia. We see into the minds and hearts of Soviet citizens who recorded their lives during an extraordinary period of revolutionary fervor and state terror. Writing a diary, like other creative expression, seems nearly impossible amid the fear and distrust of totalitarian rule; but as Jochen Hellbeck shows, diary-keeping was widespread, as individuals struggled to adjust to Stalin's regime.Rather than protect themselves against totalitarianism, many men and women bent their will to its demands, by striving to merge their individual identities with the collective and by battling vestiges of the old self within. We see how Stalin's subjects, from artists to intellectuals and from students to housewives, absorbed directives while endeavoring to fulfill the mandate of the Soviet revolution--re-creation of the self as a builder of the socialist society. Thanks to a newly discovered trove of diaries, we are brought face to face with individual life stories--gripping and unforgettably poignant.The diarists' efforts defy our liberal imaginations and our ideals of autonomy and private fulfillment. These Soviet citizens dreamed differently. They coveted a morally and aesthetically superior form of life, and were eager to inscribe themselves into the unfolding revolution. Revolution on My Mind is a brilliant exploration of the forging of the revolutionary self, a study without precedent that speaks to the evolution of the individual in mass movements of our own time.

Preface
Prologue: Forging the Revolutionary Self
Rearing Conscious Citizens
Bolshevik Views of the Diary
Laboratories of the Soul
Intelligentsia on Trial: Zinaida Denisevskaya
Secrets of a Class Enemy: Stepan Podlubny
The Diary of a New Man: Leonid Potemkin
Stalin's Inkwell: Alexander Afinogenov
The Urge to Struggle On
Notes
Note on Sources
Acknowledgments
Index

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