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Soviet Women – Everyday Lives





ISBN 9780367352318
Published February 17, 2020 by Routledge
220 Pages

 
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Book Description

Based on an extensive reading of a broad range of women’s accounts of their lives in the Soviet Union, this book focuses on many hidden aspects of Soviet women’s everyday lives, thereby revealing a great deal about how the Soviet Union operated on a day-to-day basis and about the place of the individual within it.



Including testimony from both celebrated literary and cultural figures



and from many ordinary people, and from both enthusiastic supporters of the



regime and dissidents, the book considers women’s daily routines, attitudes and



behaviours. It highlights some of the hidden inequalities of an ostensibly egalitarian



society, and considers many wider questions, including how extensive was



the ‘reach’ of the Soviet regime; how ‘modern’ was it; how far were there continuities



after 1917 between the new Bolshevik regime and Russia’s imperial



past; and how homogenous and how mobile was Soviet society?

Table of Contents

1. Introduction



2. Born in the USSR: Soviet Identities



3. A Happy Childhood



4. Looking for Love



5. Emancipation and Equality



6. Health and Welfare



7. Reproductive Health and Maternity



8. Consumption, Soviet Style



9. Custom, Ritual and Superstition



10. Go West

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Biography

Melanie Ilic is a Professor of Soviet History in the School of Education and Humanities at the University of Gloucestershire, and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies, the University of Birmingham.