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The Stuff of Soldiers
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Table of Contents

Prelude: Outgunned and Outmanned
Acknowledgments
List of Archival Sources and Their Abbreviations
Terms and Abbreviations
Explanatory Notes
Introduction: Government Issue
1. The Soldier's Body: A Little Cog in a Giant War Machine
2. A Personal Banner: Life in Red Army Uniform
3. The State's Pot and the Soldier's Spoon: Rations in the Red Army
4. Cities of Earth, Cities of Rubble: The Spade and Red Army Landscaping
5. "A Weapon Is Your Honor and Conscience": Killing in the Red Army
6. The Thing-Bag: A Public-Private Place
7. Trophies of War: Red Army Soldiers Confront an Alien World of Goods
Conclusion: Subjects and Objects
Notes
Index

About the Author

Brandon Schechter is the Elihu Rose Scholar in Modern Military History at New York University. He is a contributor to Objects of War, edited by Leora Auslander and Tara Zahra.

Reviews

"With this original approach-in itself an amazing achievement given the immense literature in this historical field-Brandon Schechteruses the material culture of the Red Army to trace the makeover of Soviet life and politics brought about by the war."

* Foreign Affairs *

"The Stuff of Soldiers has much to offer those with an affinity for cultural history studied through objects and for others who want a basic introduction to the quotidian of the Red Army during the Second World War... it takes the reader into the daily life of the Soviet soldier during the war in a way that no other work in the field does."

-- Roger R. Reese, Texas A&M University * The Russian Review *

"The Stuff of Soldiers is a well-written, wide-ranging, novel approach for understanding the social and military history of the Soviet Army. [It] is an excellent addition to the historiography of the Great Patriotic War and to the general study of how material culture can reflect how soldiers and their societies have experienced war throughout time."

-- Richard S. Faulkner * JOURNAL OF MILITARY HISTORY *

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