Everyday Stalinism: Ordinary Life in Extraordinary Times: Soviet Russia in the 1930s / Edition 1

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Overview

Here is a pioneering account of everyday life under Stalin, written by a leading authority on modern Russian history. Focusing on the urban population, Fitzpatrick depicts a world of privation, overcrowding, endless lines, and broken homes, in which the regime's promises of future socialist abundance rang hollowly. We read of a government bureaucracy that often turned life into a nightmare, and of how ordinary citizens tried to circumvent it. We also read of the secret police, whose constant surveillance was endemic at this time, and the waves of terror, like the Great Purges of 1937, which periodically cast society into turmoil.

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"Fitzpatrick makes subtle use of the press and of police reports that assist in giving us one of the most comprehensive accounts of what it meant to live in Stalin's Russia in the 1930s."—Kirkus Reviews

"A fine work—engrossing, well written, superbly documented, and much needed to boot....[The book's sources] make absolutely fascinating reading....An assiduous scholar, Professor Fitzpatrick seems to have scrutinized every relevant scrap of paper. Her explication is a model of balance and judiciousness....Individual memoirs apart, most histories of this period were written from the top—that is, showing how the policies were shaped and implemented, rather than how they were perceived and experienced by their subjects. It is the latter...that constitutes the major distinction of Fitzpatrick's book."—Abraham Brumberg, The Nation

[On STALIN'S PEASANTS:] "[This] monumental study of Russian peasants' responses to collectivization and its immediate aftermath reaffirms Fitzpatrick's status as the leading social historian of the early Soviet period and ensconces her firmly among the ranks of the leading scholars of peasant societies around the world. Painstakingly researched, Everyday Stalinism begins to fill an enormous gap in the historiography of collectivization in the Soviet Union....Peasant voices are finally heard in Fitzpatrick's thick descriptions....[This] book will stand as a solid pioneering effort and a must-read for scholars and students of Russia, the Soviet Union, and other peasant societies."—The Journal of Modern History

"The author's rich materials challenge readers to build their own model of Stalin's people, their complicity and resistance."—Wilson Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195050011
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 369,014
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 5.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheila Fitzpatrick teaches modern Russian history at the University of Chicago. A former President of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, and a co-editor of The Journal of Modern History, she is also the author of The Russian Revolution, Stalin's Peasants, and many other books and articles about Russia. She lives in Chicago.

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