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9780195050004

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

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    0195050002

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-03-04
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Here is a pioneering account of everyday life under Stalin, written by one of our foremost authorities on modern Russian history. Focusing on urban areas in the 1930s, Sheila Fitzpatrick shows that with the adoption of collectivization and the first Five-Year Plan, everyday life was utterly transformed. With the abolition of the market, shortages of food, clothing, and all kinds of consumer goods became endemic. As peasants fled the collectivized villages, major cities were soon in the grip of an acute housing crisis, with families jammed for decades in tiny single rooms in communal apartments, counting living space in square meters. It was a world of privation, overcrowding, endless queues, and broken families, in which the regime's promises of future socialist abundance rang hollowly. We read of a government bureaucracy that often turned everyday life into a nightmare, and of the ways that ordinary citizens tried to circumvent it, primarily by patronage and the ubiquitous system of personal connections known as blat . And we read of the police surveillance that was endemic to this society, and the waves of terror like the Great Purges of 1937, that periodically cast this world into turmoil. Fitzpatrick illuminates the ways that Soviet city-dwellers coped with this world, examining such diverse activities as shopping, traveling, telling jokes, finding an apartment, getting an education, landing a job, cultivating patrons and connections, marrying and raising a family, writing complaints and denunciations, voting, and trying to steer clear of the secret police. Based on extensive research in Soviet archives only recently opened to historians, this superb book illuminates the ways ordinary people tried to live normal lives under extraordinary circumstances.

Author Biography


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 Stalin's Peasants, The Russian Revolution, and many other books and articles about Russia.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction 1(13)
Milestones 4(4)
Stories 8(3)
A Note on Class 11(3)
1 "The Party Is Always Right"
14(26)
Revolutionary Warriors
15(9)
Stalin's Signals
24(4)
Bureaucrats and Bosses
28(7)
A Girl with Character
35(5)
2 Hard Times
40(27)
Shortages
42(8)
Miseries of Urban Life
50(4)
Shopping as a Survival Skill
54(8)
Contacts and Connections
62(5)
3 Palaces on Monday
67(22)
Building a New World
68(3)
Heroes
71(4)
The Remaking of Man
75(4)
Mastering Culture
79(10)
4 The Magic Tablecloth
89(26)
Images of Abundance
90(5)
Privilege
95(11)
Marks of Status
106(3)
Patrons and Clients
109(6)
5 Insulted and Injured
115(24)
Outcasts
116(6)
Deportation and Exile
122(5)
Renouncing the Past
127(5)
Wearing the Mask
132(7)
6 Family Problems
139(25)
Absconding Husbands
143(9)
The Abortion Law
152(4)
The Wives' Movement
156(8)
7 Conversations and Listeners
164(26)
Listening In
168(7)
Writing to the Government
175(3)
Public Talk
178(4)
Talking Back
182(8)
8 A Time of Troubles
190(28)
The Year 1937
194(5)
Scapegoats and "The Usual Suspects"
199(6)
Spreading the Plague
205(4)
Living Through the Great Purges
209(9)
Conclusion 218(11)
Notes 229(38)
Bibliography 267(14)
Index 281

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