Writing the Stalin Era: Sheila Fitzpatrick and Soviet Historiography

Paperback | December 15, 2010

EditorGolfo Alexopoulos, Julie Hessler, Kiril Tomoff

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Sheila Fitzpatrick’s numerous studies of the first three decades of Soviet history have fundamentally influenced the manner in which historians comprehend the Soviet Union today. This volume provides a valuable perspective on the current state of the field as reflected in multiple aspects of her work, including the nature and evolution of her interpretation of Soviet history; the impact of her scholarship on countless students; and the interaction of personality and individual experiences. Bringing together outstanding essays on such diverse aspects of the Stalin era as the Soviet monopoly on information and communication, violence in the Gulag, and gender relations after World War II, this volume both highlights Fitzpatrick’s legacy and introduces readers to exciting new work in the field.

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Sheila Fitzpatrick’s numerous studies of the first three decades of Soviet history have fundamentally influenced the manner in which historians comprehend the Soviet Union today. This volume provides a valuable perspective on the current state of the field as reflected in multiple aspects of her work, including the nature and evolution...

Golfo Alexopoulos is an Associate Professor of History at the University of South Florida, and the author of Stalin’s Outcasts: Aliens, Citizens, and the Soviet State, 1927-1936. Julie Hessler is an Associate Professor of History at University of Oregon.  Her publications include A Social History of Soviet Trade: Trade Policy, Retail ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:254 pages, 8.76 × 5.67 × 0.54 inPublished:December 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230109306

ISBN - 13:9780230109308

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PART I: SHEILA FITZPATRICK AND THE WRITING OF HISTORY * Writing Russia: The Work of Sheila Fitzpatrick-- Ronald Suny * Sheila Fitzpatrick: An Interpretive Essay-- Julie Hessler * The Two Faces of Tatiana Matveevna-- Yuri Slezkine * PART II: EXAMINING THE SOVIET PAST: CULTURE, IDENTITY, AND THE STATE * Military Occupation and Social Unrest: Daily Life in Russian Poland at the Start of the WWI-- Joshua A. Sanborn * Seeing Like a Soviet State: Settlement of Nomadic Kazakhs, 1928-34-- Matthew Payne * Counter-Narratives of Soviet Life: Kulak Special Settlers in the First Person—Lynne Viola * Gender, Marriage, and Reproduction in the Postwar Soviet Union--Mie Nakachi * Collective Action in Soviet Society: The Case of War Veterans--Mark Edele * Shostakovich et al. and The Iron Curtain: Intellectual Property and the Development of a Soviet Strategy of Cultural Confrontation, 1948-1949-- Kiril Tomoff * A Torture Memo: Reading Violence in the Gulag--Golfo Alexopoulos * Stalin, Khrushchev, and the Spaceman-- Jim Andrews * PART III: REMINISCENCES * Peter Nicholls * David Fitzpatrick * Barbara Gillam * Efim Pivovar * Jerry Hough * Vladimir Aleksandrovich Kozlov * Leora Auslander *Alison Edwards * Katerina Clark * Kiril Tomoff

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"This well-deserved tribute to a great historian is a fascinating read for any specialist of the USSR we have learned so much from her" - Cahiers du Monde Russe "Sheila Fitzpatrick has indeed helped to shape generations of historians of twentieth century Russia in their understanding of Soviet politics, the evolution of the Russian revolution, the inner workings of Stalinism, and lately the dynamics of everyday forms of resistance under Stalinism. She has taken risks with arguments and types of arguments, but most of her main postulates - about social support for the Stalin regime and its contribution to the longevity and relative stability of the Soviet state; about the factions within the cultural worlds and the politics of Soviet bureaucracy - have held up and entered the mainstream of research and teaching about the Soviet period. I think it is inconceivable today for anyone to seriously prepare graduate students in the field without a thorough exposure to Fitzpatrick's contributions." - Mark Von Hagen, Professor of History and Director, School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, Arizona State University