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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A VERY broad overview, but a good starting point. The photographs were appreciated. Read full review

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

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A fascinating and enlightening account of everyday life in 1930s Russia. This book makes excellent reading alongside more grand narratives of Stalinism and early 20th century Russian history. My main ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
The Party Is Always Right
Hard Times
Palaces on Monday
The Magic Tablecloth
Insulted and Injured
Family Problems
Conversations and Listeners
A Time of Troubles
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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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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