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Everyday Stalinism: Ordinary Life in Extraordinary Times: Soviet Russia in the 1930s

Everyday Stalinism: Ordinary Life in Extraordinary Times: Soviet Russia in the 1930s


Book Overview: Everyday Stalinism: Ordinary Life in Extraordinary Times: Soviet Russia in the 1930s

Here is a pioneering account of everyday life under Stalin, written by a leading authority on modern Russian history. Focusing on the urban population, Fitzpatrick depicts a world of privation, overcrowding, endless lines, and broken homes, in which the regime's promises of future socialist abundance rang hollowly. We read of a government bureaucracy that often turned life into a nightmare, and of how ordinary citizens tried to circumvent it. We also read of the secret police, whose constant surveillance was endemic at this time, and the waves of terror, like the Great Purges of 1937, which periodically cast society into turmoil.

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PublisherOxford University Press
Publication Date2000-05-11
EditionNew Ed
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Sheila Fitzpatrick, an internationally recognized historian and author, is renowned for her extensive work on Soviet history, politics, and the cultural metamorphosis in the twentieth-century Russian society. Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1941, Fitzpatrick graduated from the University of Melbourne before heading to St Antony's College, Oxford for a doctorate in Soviet History. Her erudite scholarship coupled with an unabating passion towards Russian history was always at the forefront, coaxing her towards a rewarding and prolific academic career, including her long-time position as the Bernadotte E. Schmitt Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. Fitzpatrick's work has had a groundbreaking impact on the narrative and understanding of modern Russian history. Renowned for transcending boundaries and redefining perspectives, her research emphasizes the social and cultural dimensions of political processes. Her seminal works include "The Russian Revolution," "Everyday Stalinism," "Tear off the Masks!: Identity and Imposture in Twentieth-Century Russia," and many others. These publications not only amplify her distinguished research style but also reflect her prowess in synthesizing detailed historical events into coherently profound narratives. Throughout her illustrious career, Fitzpatrick has been conferred with several awards and honors. In addition to delivering keynote lectures at universities worldwide, she has been recognized and sought after for her expert commentaries on contemporary issues concerning Russian socio-political history. Despite her notable global achievements, Fitzpatrick's roots in her native Australia remain astoundingly evident in her writings and scholarly pursuits, reminding us of her extraordinary versatility and profound influence on global historiography.

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