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Borders of Socialism

Private Spheres of Soviet Russia

Palgrave Macmillan

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages I-X
  2. Introduction: Mapping Private Spheres in the Soviet Context

  3. Back Matter

    Pages 269-291

About this book

This fascinating book argues that in Russia the relations between culture and nation, art and life, commodity and trash, often diverged from familiar Western European or American versions of modernity. The essays show how public and private overlapped and shaped each other, creating new perspectives on individuals and society in the Soviet Union.

Keywords

  • Europe
  • history
  • nation
  • Russia
  • Soviet Union
  • Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)

Reviews

'"In this unique and fascinating collection of essays, Lewis Siegelbaum and his kollektiv of authors explore the private spaces in socialist society. From cars and pets to apartments and peasant gardens, friendship circles to hooligans, they sketch a canvas that locates where the Soviet heart was and who Soviet man's best friend was. Soviet people found their own outlets for expression of what was most meaningful to them, and privacy survived in a world where the state, often ineffectively, hovered above the individual."

- Ronald Grigor Suny, Professor of History, The University of Michigan

"This is a wonderfully conceived, extraordinarily cohesive, and highly accessible volume. Each of the authors rejects a rigid distinction between public and private, and argues that under Soviet socialism, the distinction is especially fluid. A fascinating reassessment of the 'lived experience' of socialism, in which the Soviet Union's particular characteristics are understood as part of the much broader modern experience of public and private life." - Diane P. Koenker, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

'This lively and innovative volume, offering a fascinating selection of the newest scholarship on Soviet society in the Stalin and Khrushchev periods, will appeal to anyone who has ever wondered about the private lives of Soviet citizens and how they negotiated the boundaries between the private and the public.'

- Sheila Fitzpatrick, University of Chicago

About the authors

LEWIS H. SIEGELBAUM is a Professor in the Department of History at Michigan State University, USA.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Borders of Socialism

  • Book Subtitle: Private Spheres of Soviet Russia

  • Editors: Lewis H. Siegelbaum

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4039-8454-8

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan New York

  • eBook Packages: Palgrave History Collection, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2006

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4039-6984-2

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4039-8454-8

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: X, 291

  • Topics: Russian, Soviet, and East European History

Buying options

eBook USD 89.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-1-4039-8454-8
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)