The late Stalinist period, long neglected by researchers more interested in the high-profile events of the 1930s, has recently become the focus of much new research by people keen to understand the enormous impact of the war on Soviet society and to understand Soviet life under 'mature socialism'. Written by top scholars from high profile universities, this impressive work brings together much new, cutting edge research on a wide range of aspects of late Stalinist society. Filling a gap in the literature, it focuses above all on the experience of the Soviet people and their interaction with ideology, state policy and national and international politics.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Late Stalinist Society: History, Policies and People Part 1: When the War was Over 1. Population, Politics and Reproduction: Late Stalinism and its Legacy 2. The Bitter Legacy of the ‘Great Patriotic War’: Red Army Disabled Soldiers under Late Stalinism 3. Subversive Tales? War Rumours in the Soviet Union 1945-47 Part 2: Barracks, Queues and Private Plots: Post-War Urban and Rural Landscapes 4. Standard of Living versus Quality of Life: Struggling with the Urban Environment in Russia During the Early Years of Post-War Reconstruction 5. "Into the Grey Zone": Sham Peasants and the Limits of the Kolkhoz Order in the Post-War Russian Village, 1945-1953 Part 3: The Corrupted State: War and the Rise of the Second Economy 6. A ‘Campaign Spasm’: Graft and the Limits of the ‘Campaign’ against Bribery after the Great Patriotic War 7. A Darker ‘Big Deal’: Concealing Party Crimes in the Post-WWII Era Part 4: New Generations: Identity between the Yesterday of War and the Possibilities of Tomorrow 8. More than Just Stalinists: The Political Sentiments of Victors 1945-1953 9. Children’s Lives after Zoia’s Death: Order, Emotions and Heroism in Children’s Lives and Literature in the Post-War Soviet Union 10. The Importance of Being Stylish: Youth, Culture and Identity in Late Stalinism Part 5: Post-War Spaces: Reconstructing a New World 11. ‘Where Should we Resettle the Comrades Next?’ The Adjudication of Housing Claims and the Construction of the Post-War Order 12. The Moscow Gorky Street in Late Stalinism: Space, History and Lebenswelten. Conclusion: Late Stalinism in Historical Perspective