‘The first premise of all human existence,’ wrote Marx in The German Ideology, ‘is … that man must be in a position to live in order to make history. But life involves before anything else eating and drinking, a habitation, clothing and many other things.’1 No national government has yet succeeded in providing for all its citizens accommodation of a required standard at a cost which absorbs a small proportion of a family’s income. This present work takes as its central problematic the provision of ‘habitation’ in the Soviet Union. From the very foundation of the Soviet state, the country’s leaders have acknowledged in their speeches and promulgations the existence of a housing problem.
KeywordsHousing Policy Urban Renewal Housing Tenure Housing Problem Socialist Society
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