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Stalinism on the Frontier of Empire Women and State Formation in the Soviet Far East

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ISBN-10: 1107405009

ISBN-13: 9781107405004

Edition: 2012

Authors: Elena Shulman

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This book, first published in 2008, is a fascinating account of frontier Stalinism told through the previously unexplored history of a campaign to attract female settlers to the socialist frontiers of the Soviet Far East in the late 1930s. Elena Shulman reveals the instrumental part these migrants played in the extension of Soviet state power and cultural dominion in the region. Their remarkable stories, recovered from archival letters, party documents, memoirs, press coverage and films, shed new light on Soviet women's roles in state formation, the role of frontier Stalinism in structuring gender ideals and the nature of Soviet society and Stalinism in the 1930s. Through these narratives Elena Shulman offers a nuanced picture of the world of the frontier as well as the complexities of women's lives under Stalin and the limits of Moscow's rule over the periphery and even the Gulag.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/19/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 276
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Elena Shulman is an independent scholar and has taught at UC Berkeley and Texas Tech University after receiving her Ph.D. in History from UCLA in 2004.

Introduction
Women and Soviet power
'Where steel cracks like glass'
'Our famous Valia'. The rise of a Soviet notable
'Envy for everything heroic'. Women volunteering for the frontier
'Bol'shevichki were never ascetics!': female morale and Communist morality
Snivelers and patriots
Conclusion