Soviet Veterans of the Second World War: A Popular Movement in an Authoritarian Society, 1941-1991 by Mark EdeleSoviet Veterans of the Second World War: A Popular Movement in an Authoritarian Society, 1941-1991 by Mark Edele

Soviet Veterans of the Second World War: A Popular Movement in an Authoritarian Society, 1941-1991

byMark Edele

Hardcover | November 27, 2008

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Millions of Soviet soldiers died in the USSR's struggle for survival against Nazi Germany but millions more returned to Stalin's state after victory. Mark Edele traces the veterans' story from the early post-war years through to the end of the Soviet Union in 1991. He describes in detail theproblems they encountered during demobilization, the dysfunctional bureaucracy they had to deal with once back, and the way their reintegration into civilian life worked in practice in one of the most devastated countries of Europe. He pays particular attention to groups with specific problems suchas the disabled, former prisoners of war, women soldiers, and youth. The study analyses the old soldiers' long struggle for recognition and the eventual emergence of an organized movement in the years after Stalin's death. The Soviet state at first refused to recognize veterans as a group worthy of special privileges or as an organization. They were not a groupconceived of in Marxist-Leninist theory, there was suspicion about their political loyalty, and the leadership worried about the costs of affording a special status to such a large population group. These preconceptions were overcome only after a long, hard struggle by a popular movement that slowlyemerged within the strict confines of the authoritarian Soviet regime.
Mark Edele studied Russian history at the Universities of Erlangen, Tubingen, and Chicago, and is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Australia, where he teaches continental European and Russian history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
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Title:Soviet Veterans of the Second World War: A Popular Movement in an Authoritarian Society, 1941-1991Format:HardcoverDimensions:344 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:November 27, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199237565

ISBN - 13:9780199237562

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ChronologyGlossaryPrefacePart I: ReintegrationIntroduction: Consequences of War1. The Epic of Return2. Welcome to Normalcy3. Becoming a CivilianPart II: Victors and Victims4. 'A Great Profession'5. Marked for Life6. 'Honour to the Victors!'Part III: Movement7. The Struggle for Organization8. Entitlement CommunityAfterwordBibliographyIndex