And Now My Soul is Hardened: Abandoned Children in Soviet Russia, 1918-1930 (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, Jan 5, 1994 - History - 335 pages
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Warfare, epidemics, and famine left millions of Soviet children homeless during the 1920s. Many became beggars, prostitutes, and thieves, and were denizens of both secluded underworld haunts and bustling train stations. Alan Ball's study of these abandoned children examines their lives and the strategies the government used to remove them from the streets lest they threaten plans to mold a new socialist generation. The "rehabilitation" of these youths and the results years later are an important lesson in Soviet history.
  

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Contents

Tragedys Offspring
1
PART I
21
Beggars Peddlers and Prostitutes
44
From You I Can Expect No Pity
61
PART II
85
Children of the State
87
Primeval Chaos
108
Florists and Professors
127
Progress and Frustration
151
On the Road to Life?
176
Notes
201
Select Bibliography
311
Photo Credits
325
Index
327
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Alan M. Ball is Associate Professor of History at Marquette University and the author of "Russia's Last Capitalists: The Nepmen, 1921-1929" (California, 1987).

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