Stalins Last Generation: Soviet Post-War Youth and the Emergence of Mature Socialism

Paperback | June 24, 2012

byJuliane Furst

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"Stalin's last generation" was the last generation to come of age under Stalin, yet it was also the first generation to be socialized in the post-war period. Its young members grew up in a world that still carried many of the hallmarks of the Soviet Union's revolutionary period, yet theirsurroundings already showed the first signs of decay, stagnation, and disintegration. Stalin's last generation still knew how to speak "Bolshevik", still believed in the power of Soviet heroes, and still wished to construct socialism, yet they also liked to dance and dress in Western styles, they knew how to evade boring lectures and lessons in Marxism-Leninism, and they were keen toforge identities that were more individual than those offered by the state. Juliane Furst creates a detailed picture of late Stalinist youth and youth culture, looking at young people from a variety of perspectives: as children of the war, as recipients and creators of propaganda, as perpetrators of crime, as representatives of fledgling subcultures, as believers, ascritics, and as drop-outs. In the process, she illuminates not only the complex relationship between the Soviet state and its youth, but also provides a new interpretative framework for understanding late Stalinism - the impact of which on Soviet society's subsequent development has hitherto beenunderestimated, including its role in the ultimate demise of the USSR.

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"Stalin's last generation" was the last generation to come of age under Stalin, yet it was also the first generation to be socialized in the post-war period. Its young members grew up in a world that still carried many of the hallmarks of the Soviet Union's revolutionary period, yet theirsurroundings already showed the first signs of d...

Juliane Furst graduated from Oxford and the LSE. Subsequently, she was a lecturer at Magdalen College, Oxford, and a Junior Research Fellow at St. John's College, Oxford. She is currently a lecturer in Modern European History at the University of Bristol.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:June 24, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Marks and Burns: Youth and the Consequences of War2. Explaining the Inexplicable: Youth and the Post-War Ideological Campaigns3. Mechanisms of Integration: Rituals, Icons, and Idols4. War-time Heroes for Post-War Youth: The Rise and Fall of Molodaia Gvardiia5. Morals under Siege: Myth and Reality of Youth Crime6. Re-defining Sovietness: Fashion, Style, and Non-conformity7. Comrades, Friends, and Lovers: Post-War Personal Relations in Theory and Practice8. Patterns of Participation: Finding a Self in the System9. EpilogueBibliographyIndex

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Review from previous edition: "Furst fills a huge gap in historiography... ambitious and courageous." --Katharina Uhl, H-Soz-u-Kult.