Communism Unwrapped: Consumption in Cold War Eastern Europe

Paperback | September 20, 2012

EditorPaulina Bren, Mary Neuburger

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Communism Unwrapped is a collection of essays that unwraps the complex world of consumption under communism in postwar Eastern Europe, featuring new work by both American and European scholars writing from variety of disciplinary perspectives. The result is a fresh look at everyday life undercommunism that explores the ways people shopped, ate, drank, smoked, cooked, acquired, exchanged and assessed goods. These phenomena, the editors argue, were central to the way that communism was lived and experienced in its widely varied contexts in the region. Consumption pervaded everyday life far more than most other political and social phenomena. From design, to production, to retail sales and black market exchange, Communism Unwrapped follows communist goods from producer to consumer, tracing their circuitous routes. In the communist world thisjourney was rife with its own meanings, shaped by the special political and social circumstances of these societies. In examining consumption behind the Iron Curtain, this volume builds on a new field of study. It brings dimension and nuance to our understanding of the communist period and a newperspective to our current analyses of consumerism.

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Communism Unwrapped is a collection of essays that unwraps the complex world of consumption under communism in postwar Eastern Europe, featuring new work by both American and European scholars writing from variety of disciplinary perspectives. The result is a fresh look at everyday life undercommunism that explores the ways people shop...

Paulina Bren is Adjunct Assistant Professor of History at Vassar College. Mary Neuberger is Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:September 20, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgmentsContributorsPaulina Bren and Mary Neuburger: IntroductionI. Living Large: Introduction1. Paulina Bren: Tuzex and the Hustler: Living It Up in Czechoslovakia-2. Kate Brown: Utopia Gone Terribly Right: Plutonium's "Gated Communities" in the Soviet Union and the United States3. Kacper Poblocki: "Knife in the Water": Competitive Consumption in Urbanizing PolandII. Quality Control: Introduction4. Mary Neuburger: The Taste of Smoke: Bulgartabak and the Manufacturing of Cigarettes and Satisfaction5. Patrick Hyder Patterson: Risky Business: What Was Really Being Sold in the Department Stores of Socialist Eastern Europe?6. Rossitza Guentcheva: Material Harmony: The Quest for Quality in Socialist Bulgaria, 1960s-1980sIII. Kitchen Talk: Introduction7. Wendy Bracewell: Eating Up Yugoslavia: Cookbooks and Consumption in Socialist Yugoslavia8. Katherine Pence: Grounds for Discontent? Coffee from the Black Market to the Kaffeeklatsch in the GDR9. Jill Massino: From Black Caviar to Blackouts: Gender, Consumption, and Lifestyle in Ceausescu's RomaniaIV. To Market, To Market... : Introduction10. Narcis Tulbure: The "Socialist Bourse": Alcohol, Reputation, and Gender in Romania's Second Economy during the 1980s11. Karl Brown: The Extraordinary Career of Feketev go Ur: Wood Theft, Pig-killing, and Entrepreneurship in Communist Hungary, 1948-195612. Malgorzata Mazurek: Keeping It Close to Home: Resourcefulness and Scarcity in Late Socialist and Post-Socialist PolandV. Constructive Criticism : Introduction13. Tamas Dombos and Lena Pellandini-Simanyi: Kids, Cars, or Cashews?: Debating and Remembering Consumption in Socialist Hungary14. Brigitte Le Normand: The House that Socialism Built: Reform, Consumption and Inequality in Postwar Yugoslavia15. Mark Keck-Szajbel: Shop Around the Bloc: Trader Tourism and its Discontents on the East German-Polish BorderIndex