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Remembering Leningrad: The Story of a Generation

Remembering Leningrad: The Story of a Generation

by Mary McAuley


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Englishwoman Mary McAuley first arrived in Leningrad in the early 1960s, eager to study labor relations for her thesis. Staying at a hostel, she met a number of Soviet students, many born under the rule of Joseph Stalin. Over the half-century that followed, McAuley traced their varying paths and the changing face of the former imperial capital.
Remembering Leningrad captures the story of a beautiful city and lifelong friendships. We follow McAuley as she walks through the streets downtown and examines politics in the 1960s, describes the hazards of furnishing an apartment in the 1990s, and learns about the challenges her friends have faced during these turbulent years. By weaving history and anecdotes to create a picture of Russia’s cultural center, McAuley underscores the impact of time and place on the Russian intelligentsia who lived through the transition from Soviet to post-Soviet life. The result is a remarkable group portrait of a generation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299322502
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 07/23/2019
Edition description: 1
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 987,626
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Mary McAuley is the author of Soviet Politics 1917-1991, Human Rights in Russia: Citizens and the State from Perestroika to Putin and Children in Custody: Anglo-Russian Perspectives.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

Dramatis Personae xiii

Prologue: Zhivkov's Geranium 3

Part 1 Leningrad: From the Siege of 1941 to 1991

1 Stalin's Children: The Leningraders 11

2 Stalin's Children: Birds in Transit 31

3 Studying Labor Disputes in the 1960s 53

4 Zastoi or Stagnation, 1965 to 1985 62

5 Last Days of Leningrad 82

Part 2 St. Petersburg: A City Adrift, 1991 to 1994

6 The Political Background 111

7 An Apartment and a Telephone 118

8 The Market Wreaks Havoc 138

9 From the Caucasus to the Far North 154

10 Survival Strategies 183

Part 3 St. Petersburg: The New City, 1995 to 2017

11 Great Expectations … and Restoration 201

12 Farewell to St. Petersburg 220

Postscript 235

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