My Father's Letters

My Father's Letters

Author: Memorial

Publisher: Granta Books

ISBN: 9781783785308

Category: History

Page: 328

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A profoundly moving and historical record—letters sent by sixteen fathers imprisoned in the Gulag camps to their children during the 1930s–1950s. “They will live as human beings and die as human beings; and in this alone lies man’s eternal and bitter victory over all the grandiose and inhuman forces that ever have been or will be.” —Vasily Grossman, Life and Fate Between the 1930s and 1950s, millions of people were sent to the Gulag in the Soviet Union. My Father’s Letters tells the stories of sixteen men—mostly members of the intelligentsia, and loyal Soviet subjects—who were imprisoned in the Gulag camps, through the letters they sent back to their wives and children. Here are letters illustrated by fathers keen to educate their children in science and natural history; the tragic missives of a former military man convinced that the terrible mistake of his arrest will be rectified; the “letter” stitched on a bedsheet with a fishbone and smuggled out of a maximum security camp. My Father’s Letters is an immediate source of life in prison during Stalin’s Great Terror. Almost none of the men writing these letters survived. “My Father’s Letters is well presented and deeply moving. The translation is fluent and all the necessary background information is clearly provided. Some passages conjure up the life of an individual family—and of an entire culture—with heart-breaking vividness.” —Robert Chandler “Astoundingly, these stories are not miserable. Yes, the men mention their inadequate shelter, clothing and food, but the overwhelming impact is the expression of their love for their families . . . My Father’s Letters is beautifully produced.” —Vin Arthey, Scotsman

The Soviet Union under Brezhnev

The Soviet Union under Brezhnev

Author: William J. Tompson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317881711

Category: History

Page: 198

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The Soviet Union Under Brezhnev provides an accessible post-Soviet perspective on the history of the USSR from the mid-1960’s to the mid-1980’s. It challenges both the ‘evil empire’ image of the USSR that was widespread in the early 1980’s and the ‘stagnation’ label attached to the period by Soviet reformers under Gorbachev. The book makes use of a range of memoirs, interviews, archival documents and other sources not available before 1990 to place Brezhnev and his epoch in a broader historical context. The author: examines high politics, foreign policy and policy making explores broader social, cultural and demographic trends presents a picture of Soviet society in the crucial decades prior to the upheavals and crises of the late 1980’s While stopping well short of a full-scale rehabilitation of Brezhnev, Tompson rejects the prevailing image of the Soviet leader as a colourless non-entity, drawing attention to Brezhnev’s real political skills, as well as his faults, and to the systemic roots of many of the problems he faced.

Celebrity and Glamour in Contemporary Russia

Celebrity and Glamour in Contemporary Russia

Author: Helena Goscilo

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136924354

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 316

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This is the first book to explore the phenomenon of glamour and celebrity in contemporary Russian culture, ranging across media forms, disciplinary boundaries and modes of inquiry, with particular emphasis on the media personality. The book demonstrates how the process of ‘celebrification’ in Russia coincides with the dizzying pace of social change and economic transformation, the latter enabling an unprecedented fascination with glamour and its requisite extravagance; how in the 1990s and 2000s, celebrities - such as film or television stars - moved away from their home medium to become celebrities straddling various media; and how celebrity is a symbol manipulated by the dominant culture and embraced by the masses. It examines the primacy of the visual in celebrity construction and its dominance over the verbal, alongside the interdisciplinary, cross-media, post-Soviet landscape of today’s fame culture. Taking into account both general tendencies and individual celebrities, including pop-diva Alla Pugacheva and ex-President and current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the book analyses the internal dynamics of the institutions involved in the production, marketing, and maintenance of celebrities, as well as the larger cultural context and the imperatives that drive Russian society’s romance with glamour and celebrity.

The Soviet Union

The Soviet Union

Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on International Relations. Subcommittee on Europe and the Middle East

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015001539652

Category: Soviet Union

Page: 342

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China Learns from the Soviet Union, 1949–Present

China Learns from the Soviet Union, 1949–Present

Author: Hua-Yu Li

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780739142240

Category: History

Page: 562

View: 484

In this book an international group of scholars examines China's acceptance and ultimate rejection of Soviet models and practices in economic, cultural, social, and other realms.

Paul Robeson

Paul Robeson

Author: Ernest Kaiser

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHERS CO

ISBN: 071780724X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 444

View: 794

Compiled by the editors of Freedomways. Tributes to Robeson in prose and poetry by his contemporaries. Selections from Robeson's own writings. Foreword to this edition by Ernest Kaiser. Updated bibliography.

Stalinist Values

Stalinist Values

Author: David Lloyd Hoffmann

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801488214

Category: History

Page: 268

View: 809

Melding original archival research with new scholarship in the field, Hoffman describes Soviet culture and behavioral norms in such areas as leisure activities, social hygiene, family life and sexuality.

Rural Women in the Soviet Union and Post-Soviet Russia

Rural Women in the Soviet Union and Post-Soviet Russia

Author: Liubov Denisova

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136937125

Category: History

Page: 226

View: 935

This is the first full-length history of Russian peasant women in the 20th century in English. Filling a significant gap in the literature on rural studies and gender studies of the twentieth century Russia, it is the first to take the story into the twenty-first century. It offers a comprehensive overview of regulations concerning rural women: their employment patterns; marriages, divorces and family life; issues with health and raising children. Rural lives in the Soviet Union were often dramatically different from the common narrative of the Soviet history, and even during the Khrushchev "Thaw" in the late 1950s and early 1960s, rural women were excluded from its reforms and liberating policies. The author, Luibov Denisova - a leading expert in the field of rural gender history in Russia - includes material from previously unavailable or unpublished collections and archives; interviews; sociological research and oral traditions. Overall, the book is a history of all rural women, from ordinary farm girls to agrarian professionals to prostitutes and paints a unique picture of rural women’s life in the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia.