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

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Oxford University Press, Mar 4, 1999 - History - 304 pages
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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.

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EVERYDAY STALINISM: Ordinary Life in Extraordinary Times: Soviet Russia in the 1930s

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

"Everyday Stalinism" may seem like an oxymoron, but life did go on even in those terrible circumstances, and it is the virtue of this book that it attempts to understand what life was like for ... Read full review

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User Review  - kranbollin - LibraryThing

Dr. Fitzpatrick is a very fine writer on Stalinist Russia, and I recommend all her other work on this topic (see my catalogue). The style is more clinical than outraged, and perhaps all the more ... Read full review


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Sheila Fitzpatrick teaches modern Russian history at the University of Chicago. A former President of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, and a co-editor of The Journal of Modern History, she is also the author of The Russian Revolution, Stalin's Peasants, and many other books and articles about Russia. She lives in Chicago.

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