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

Paperback | March 1, 2000

bySheila Fitzpatrick

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Here is a pioneering account of everyday life under Stalin, written by a leading authority on modern Russian history. Focusing on the urban population, Fitzpatrick depicts a world of privation, overcrowding, endless lines, and broken homes, in which the regime's promises of future socialistabundance rang hollowly. We read of a government bureaucracy that often turned life into a nightmare, and of how ordinary citizens tried to circumvent it. We also read of the secret police, whose constant surveillance was endemic at this time, and the waves of terror, like the Great Purges of 1937,which periodically cast society into turmoil.

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Russian history expert Sheila Fitzpatrick provides this account of what daily life must have been like under Stalin’s rule. Everyday Stalinism Ordinary Life in Extraordinary Times: Soviet Russia in the 1930s shows how Stalin’s revolution affected living conditions and day-to-day practices. This imaginative account about people tryi...

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Here is a pioneering account of everyday life under Stalin, written by a leading authority on modern Russian history. Focusing on the urban population, Fitzpatrick depicts a world of privation, overcrowding, endless lines, and broken homes, in which the regime's promises of future socialistabundance rang hollowly. We read of a governme...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 5.31 × 7.8 × 0.71 inPublished:March 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195050010

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Russian history expert Sheila Fitzpatrick provides this account of what daily life must have been like under Stalin’s rule. Everyday Stalinism Ordinary Life in Extraordinary Times: Soviet Russia in the 1930s shows how Stalin’s revolution affected living conditions and day-to-day practices. This imaginative account about people trying to live normally under abnormal circumstances is based on true and compelling stories. This book will appeal to scholars and students interested in communism’s history.

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"Casts new light on a hitherto neglected facet of Stalinism: the everyday life of ordinary citizens in the major urban and industrial centers of the USSR... It is a "fun read" that offers many insights to specialists and students alike."--American Historical Review