Borders of Socialism: Private Spheres of Soviet Russia by Lewis H. Siegelbaum

By Lewis H. Siegelbaum

Providing an leading edge and demanding lens to appreciate Soviet socialism, this interesting e-book argues that during Russia the family among tradition and country, paintings and lifestyles, commodity and trash, usually diverged from widely used Western eu or American types of modernity. The essays convey how private and non-private overlapped and formed one another, growing new views on members and society within the Soviet Union.

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Stephen Lovell, “The Making of the Stalin-Era Dacha,” Journal of Modern History, 74, no. 2 (2002), 283. Osokina, “Economic Disobedience,” and Julie Hessler, A Social History of Soviet Trade: Trade Policy, Retail Practices, and Consumption, 1917–1953 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004). Most of the best-known factory directors in the country were adept at such wheeling and dealing and would not have been out of place in the board rooms of contemporary western capitalist enterprises. For the fascinating memoir of a tolkach, see Gennady Andreev-Khomiakov, Bitter Waters: Life and Work in Stalin’s Russia, trans.

A rising tide of official denunciations once again targeted the peasantry’s “unhealthy aspirations” to increase the size of “private plots” at the expense of collective farms. In 1946, a decree “On Measures for Liquidating Breaches of the Kolkhoz Charter” ordered peasants to return all property “unlawfully” seized during the war, including the farm animals and kolkhoz land incorporated into the PSF. 48 Unsurprisingly, these policies disproportionately affected women. To speed the pace of postwar reconstruction, kolkhoz work requirements (trudodni) were increased.

Ann E. Healy (Boulder: Westview Press, 1997). Sheila Fitzpatrick, Everyday Stalinism. Ordinary Life in Extraordinary Times: Soviet Russia in the 1930s (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999), 66. Julie Hessler, “A Postwar Perestroika? Toward a History of Private Enterprise in the USSR,” Slavic Review, 57, no. 3 (1998), 516–542 (quotation at 532). , Hedrick Smith, The Russians (New York: Times Books , 1976); Robert G. Kaiser, Russia: The People and the Power (New York: Pocket Books, 1976); Elizabeth Pond, From the Yaroslavsky Station: Russia Perceived (New York: Universe Books, 1981); David K.

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