Saving Stalin's Imperial City: Historic Preservation In Leningrad, 1930-1950 by Steven M. MaddoxSaving Stalin's Imperial City: Historic Preservation In Leningrad, 1930-1950 by Steven M. Maddox

Saving Stalin's Imperial City: Historic Preservation In Leningrad, 1930-1950

bySteven M. Maddox

Hardcover | December 18, 2014

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Saving Stalin's Imperial City is the history of the successes and failures in historic preservation and of Leningraders' determination to honor the memory of the terrible siege the city had endured during World War II. The book stresses the counterintuitive nature of Stalinist policies, which allocated scarce wartime resources to save historic monuments of the tsarist and imperial past even as the very existence of the Soviet state was being threatened, and again after the war, when housing, hospitals, and schools needed to be rebuilt. Postwar Leningrad was at the forefront of a concerted restoration effort, fueled by commemorations that glorified the city's wartime experience, encouraged civic pride, and mobilized residents to rebuild their hometown. For Leningrad, the restoration of monuments and commemorations of the siege were intimately intertwined, served similar purposes, and were mutually reinforcing.

Steven Maddox is Assistant Professor of History at Canisius College.
Title:Saving Stalin's Imperial City: Historic Preservation In Leningrad, 1930-1950Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:December 18, 2014Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253014840

ISBN - 13:9780253014849

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Table of Contents

1. Old Petersburg, Preservation Movements, and the Soviet State's "Turn to the Past"
2. These Monuments Must Be Protected!: Leningrad's Imperial Cityscape at War.
3. Projecting Soviet Power: Historic Restoration as Commemoration in Postwar Leningrad
4. "When Ivan Comes, There Will be Nothing Left": Rebuilding and Reimagining the Historic Monuments in Leningrad's Suburbs
5. Becoming "Leningraders": Official Commemorations of the Blockade
6. Cold War Complications: Soviet Patriotism, Historic Restoration, and the End of Blockade Commemorations

Editorial Reviews

Steven Maddox's study of the shifting rationale, under Stalin, for the preservation and restoration of Leningrad's imperial monuments in the interwar period, and for restoration and commemoration in the early post-World War Two years, contributes to the growing body of research on the siege of Leningrad and the city's relationship to the Soviet government and ideology. The analysis is well documented, based on extensive archival and other sources, and follows deliberations surrounding preservation and restoration projects as well as accounts of work schedules and accomplishments or delays.