Soviet Workers and Late Stalinism: Labour and the Restoration of the Stalinist System after World War II (Google eBook)

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 4, 2002 - History - 276 pages
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Soviet Workers and Late Stalinism is a study of labour and labour policy during the critical period of the Soviet Union's postwar recovery and the last years of Stalin. It is also a detailed social history of the Soviet Union in these years, for non-Russian readers. Using previously inaccessible archival sources, Donald Filtzer describes the tragic hardships faced by workers and their families right after the war; conditions in housing and health care; the special problems of young workers; working conditions within industry; and the tremendous strains which regime policy placed not just on the mass of the population, but on the cohesion and commitment of key institutions within the Stalinist political system, most notably the trade unions and the procuracy. Donald Filtzer's subtle and compelling book will interest all historians of the Soviet Union and of socialism.
  

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Contents

free slave and indentured labour
13
2 The food crisis of 19461947
41
the end of rationing housing and health
77
the position of young workers
117
the futility of repression
158
working conditions work organization and wage determination
201
labour and the renormalization of Stalinist social relations
245
Bibliography
266
Index
272
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About the author (2002)

Donald Filtzer is Professor of Russian History at the University of East London, and the author of numerous books and articles on Russian history.

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