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Life in Stalin's Soviet Union


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List of Illustrations List of Contributors Introduction, Kees Boterbloem (University of South Florida, USA) 1. The End of the Russian Peasants under Stalin, Kees Boterbloem (University of South Florida, USA) 2. Food Consumption, Diet and Famines, Elena Osokina (University of South Carolina, USA) 3. The Cities: Urbanization and Modern Life, Heather Dehaan (Binghamton University, USA) 4. On the Margins: Social Dislocation and Criminality in the Soviet Union from the 1930s to the 1950s, David Shearer (University of Delaware, USA) 5. The Gulag under Stalin, Golfo Alexopoulos (University of South Florida, USA) 6. Private Ivan's Life and Fate: Daily Life in Stalin's Red Army during the "Great Patriotic War", Kenneth Slepyan (Transylvania University, USA) 7. The History of Disability during Stalinism, Frances Bernstein (Drew University, USA) 8. Gender and Sexuality, Amy Randall (Santa Clara University, USA) 9. The Educational Experience in Stalin's Russia, 1931-1945, Larry E. Holmes (University of South Alabama, USA) 10. A Year of Celebrations in the Life of a Soviet Student, Karen Petrone (University of Kentucky, USA) 11. Soviet People's Informal Interactions with Officials of the Stalin-Era Party-State, James Heinzen (Rowan University, USA) 12. The Religious Front: Militant Atheists and Militant Believers, Gregory Freeze (Brandeis University, USA) Index

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An exploration of daily life in Stalin's Soviet Union through a variety of social and cultural themes.

About the Author

Kees Boterbloem is Professor of History at the University of South Florida, USA. He is the author of nine books on Russian, Soviet and World History, including A History of Russia and Its Empire (2nd edition, 2018), The Life and Times of Andrei Zhdanov, 1896-1948 (2004) and Life and Death under Stalin (1999). He was, from 2008 to 2018, editor of the journal The Historian.


Kees Boterbloem brings together a formidable cast of first-rate scholars for this study of daily life in Stalinist Russia. The result is an extremely impressive book that offers cutting-edge research with a remarkably wide scope. Its focus lies at the intersection of everyday life and the horrors of Stalinism, to which Soviet citizens were subjected for decades. This remarkable book helps us to see what it was to live in Stalinist Russia; I can think of no other text that does this as effectively. * Erik van Ree, Assistant Professor of Eastern European Studies, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands *
With contributions from some of the most original and insightful historians of the Soviet Union, this volume demonstrates how the cataclysmic changes unleashed by Stalin impacted the daily lives of ordinary Soviet citizens. It is a story of brutal transformations and heroic resilience. * Jeffrey Veidlinger, Professor of History and Judaic Studies, University of Michigan, USA. *

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