Tiny Revolutions in Russia

Twentieth Century Soviet and Russian History in Anecdotes and Jokes

By Bruce Adams

© 2005 – Routledge

184 pages

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About the Book

This book presents a large collection of anecdotes and jokes from different periods of the 20th century. Anecdotes and jokes were a hidden form of discursive communication in the Soviet era, lampooning official practices and acting as a confidential form of self-affirmation. They were not necessarily anti-Soviet, by their very nature both criticising existing reality and acting as a form of acquiescence. Above all they provide invaluable insights into everyday life, and the attitudes and concerns of ordinary people. The book also includes anecdotes and jokes from the post-Soviet period, when ordinary people in Russia continued to have to cope with rather grim reality, and the compiler provides extensive introductory and explanatory matter to set the material in context.

Reviews

'An invaluable resource in teaching and understanding life under Communism.' - Contemporary Review, 287

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Lenin 2. Stalin 3. Khrushchev 4. Brezhnev 5. Andropov and Chernenko 6. Gorbachev, Yeltsin, and Putin Index

About the Author

Bruce Adams is professor of Russian history at the University of Louisville. His previous book was The Politics of Punishment: Prison Reform in Russia, 1863-1917. His current research concerns the re-emigration of Russian and Soviet citizens from China to the Soviet Union between the 1920s and the 1960s.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the History of Russia and Eastern Europe

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS000000
HISTORY / General
HIS031000
HISTORY / Revolutionary
HIS032000
HISTORY / Europe / Russia & the Former Soviet Union
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General