The People's War: Responses to World War II in the Soviet Union / Edition 1 by Robert W Thurston | 9780252026003 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
The People's War: Responses to World War II in the Soviet Union / Edition 1

The People's War: Responses to World War II in the Soviet Union / Edition 1

by Robert W Thurston
     
 

ISBN-10: 0252026004

ISBN-13: 9780252026003

Pub. Date: 09/28/2000

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

The People's War lifts the Stalinist veil of secrecy to probe an almost untold side of World War II: the experiences of the Soviet people themselves.

Drawing on a wealth of archival and recently published material, contributors detail the calculated destruction of a Jewish town by the Germans and present a chilling picture of life in occupied Minsk.

Overview

The People's War lifts the Stalinist veil of secrecy to probe an almost untold side of World War II: the experiences of the Soviet people themselves.

Drawing on a wealth of archival and recently published material, contributors detail the calculated destruction of a Jewish town by the Germans and present a chilling picture of life in occupied Minsk. They look at the wartime experience of intellectuals, for whom the period was a time of relative freedom, and discuss women's myriad roles in combat and other spheres of activity. They also reassess the behavior and morale of ordinary Red Army troops and offer new conclusions about early crushing defeats at the hands of the Germans--defeats that were officially explained as cowardice on the part of high officers.

A frank investigation of civilian life behind the front lines, The People's War provides a detailed, balanced picture of the Stalinist USSR by describing not only the command structure and repressive power of the state but also how people reacted to them, cooperated with or opposed them, and adapted or ignored central policy in their own ways. By putting the Soviet people back in their war, this volume helps restore the range and complexity of human experience to one of history's most savage periods.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252026003
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)

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