Communism Unwrapped: Consumption in Cold War Eastern Europe

Communism Unwrapped: Consumption in Cold War Eastern Europe


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ISBN-13: 9780199827657
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 09/06/2012
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Paulina Bren teaches at Vassar College and is the author of The Greengrocer and His TV: The Culture of Communism after the 1968 Prague Spring.

Mary Neuburger is Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin and is the author of The Orient Within: Muslim Minorities and the Negotiation of Nationhood in Modern Bulgaria and Balkan Smoke: Tobacco and the Making of Modern Bulgaria.

Table of Contents


Introduction, Paulina Bren and Mary Neuburger

I. Living Large: Introduction
1. Tuzex and the Hustler: Living It Up in Czechoslovakia, Paulina Bren
2. Utopia Gone Terribly Right: Plutonium's "Gated Communities" in the Soviet Union and the United States, Kate Brown
3. "Knife in the Water": Competitive Consumption in Urbanizing Poland, Kacper Poblocki

II. Quality Control: Introduction
4. The Taste of Smoke: Bulgartabak and the Manufacturing of Cigarettes and Satisfaction, Mary Neuburger
5. Risky Business: What Was Really Being Sold in the Department Stores of Socialist Eastern Europe?, Patrick Hyder Patterson
6. Material Harmony: The Quest for Quality in Socialist Bulgaria, 1960s-1980s, Rossitza Guentcheva

III. Kitchen Talk: Introduction
7. Eating Up Yugoslavia: Cookbooks and Consumption in Socialist Yugoslavia, Wendy Bracewell
8. Grounds for Discontent? Coffee from the Black Market to the Kaffeeklatsch in the GDR, Katherine Pence
9. From Black Caviar to Blackouts: Gender, Consumption, and Lifestyle in Ceausescu's Romania, Jill Massino

IV. To Market, To Market... : Introduction
10. The "Socialist Bourse": Alcohol, Reputation, and Gender in Romania's Second Economy during the 1980s, Narcis Tulbure
11. The Extraordinary Career of Feketevágo Ur: Wood Theft, Pig-killing, and Entrepreneurship in Communist Hungary, 1948-1956, Karl Brown
12. Keeping It Close to Home: Resourcefulness and Scarcity in Late Socialist and Post-Socialist Poland, Malgorzata Mazurek

V. Constructive Criticism : Introduction
13 Kids, Cars, or Cashews?: Debating and Remembering Consumption in Socialist Hungary, Tamas Dombos and Lena Pellandini-Simanyi
14 The House that Socialism Built: Reform, Consumption and Inequality in Postwar Yugoslavia, Brigitte Le Normand
15 Shop Around the Bloc: Trader Tourism and its Discontents on the East German-Polish Border, Mark Keck-Szajbel

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