Everything Was Forever Until It Was No More

Author: Alexei Yurchak
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9781400849109
Release Date: 2013-08-07
Genre: Social Science

Soviet socialism was based on paradoxes that were revealed by the peculiar experience of its collapse. To the people who lived in that system the collapse seemed both completely unexpected and completely unsurprising. At the moment of collapse it suddenly became obvious that Soviet life had always seemed simultaneously eternal and stagnating, vigorous and ailing, bleak and full of promise. Although these characteristics may appear mutually exclusive, in fact they were mutually constitutive. This book explores the paradoxes of Soviet life during the period of "late socialism" (1960s-1980s) through the eyes of the last Soviet generation. Focusing on the major transformation of the 1950s at the level of discourse, ideology, language, and ritual, Alexei Yurchak traces the emergence of multiple unanticipated meanings, communities, relations, ideals, and pursuits that this transformation subsequently enabled. His historical, anthropological, and linguistic analysis draws on rich ethnographic material from Late Socialism and the post-Soviet period. The model of Soviet socialism that emerges provides an alternative to binary accounts that describe that system as a dichotomy of official culture and unofficial culture, the state and the people, public self and private self, truth and lie--and ignore the crucial fact that, for many Soviet citizens, the fundamental values, ideals, and realities of socialism were genuinely important, although they routinely transgressed and reinterpreted the norms and rules of the socialist state.

Everything Was Forever Until It Was No More

Author: Alexei Yurchak
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9781400849109
Release Date: 2013-08-07
Genre: Social Science

Soviet socialism was based on paradoxes that were revealed by the peculiar experience of its collapse. To the people who lived in that system the collapse seemed both completely unexpected and completely unsurprising. At the moment of collapse it suddenly became obvious that Soviet life had always seemed simultaneously eternal and stagnating, vigorous and ailing, bleak and full of promise. Although these characteristics may appear mutually exclusive, in fact they were mutually constitutive. This book explores the paradoxes of Soviet life during the period of "late socialism" (1960s-1980s) through the eyes of the last Soviet generation. Focusing on the major transformation of the 1950s at the level of discourse, ideology, language, and ritual, Alexei Yurchak traces the emergence of multiple unanticipated meanings, communities, relations, ideals, and pursuits that this transformation subsequently enabled. His historical, anthropological, and linguistic analysis draws on rich ethnographic material from Late Socialism and the post-Soviet period. The model of Soviet socialism that emerges provides an alternative to binary accounts that describe that system as a dichotomy of official culture and unofficial culture, the state and the people, public self and private self, truth and lie--and ignore the crucial fact that, for many Soviet citizens, the fundamental values, ideals, and realities of socialism were genuinely important, although they routinely transgressed and reinterpreted the norms and rules of the socialist state.

Everything was Forever Until it was No More

Author: Alexei Yurchak
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 0691121176
Release Date: 2006
Genre: History

Drawing on diaries, correspondence, interviews and memoirs, and applying historical, anthropological and linguistic analyses, this text explores late Soviet period (1960s-80s) through the eyes of the last Soviet generation.

Revolution on My Mind

Author: Jochen Hellbeck
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674021746
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Reveling the inner world of Stalin's Russia, this book shows diary-keeping was widespread as individuals struggled to adjust to Stalin's regime. It explores the forging of the revolutionary self, a study without precedent that speaks to the evolution of the individual in mass movements of our own time.

Sexuality and the Body in Russian Culture

Author: Jane T. Costlow
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 0804731551
Release Date: 1998
Genre: Health & Fitness

Twelve groundbreaking essays show the varied and complex ways in which ideas about sexuality, gender, and the body have shaped and been influenced by Russian literature, history, art, and philosophy from the medieval period to the present day.

Dreamworld and Catastrophe

Author: Susan Buck-Morss
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262523310
Release Date: 2002
Genre: History

Developing the notion of dreamworld as both a poetic description of a collectivemental state and an analytical concept, Susan Buck-Morss attempts to come to terms with massdreamworlds at the moment of their passing.

Post Soviet Russia

Author: Zhores Medvedev
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231502634
Release Date: 2012-08-21
Genre: Political Science

Roy Medvedev, one of the world's best-known Russian scholars and a former consultant to both Gorbachev and Yeltsin analyzes the main events that have transpired in the Russian federation since late August 1991. He looks at the plans that were meant to

The Landscape of Stalinism

Author: Evgeny Dobrenko
Publisher: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 0295983337
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Art

This wide-ranging cultural history explores the expression of Bolshevik Party ideology through the lens of landscape, or, more broadly, space. In painting, architecture, literature, cinema, and song, images of landscape were enlisted to help mold the masses into joyful, hardworking citizens of a state with a radiant, utopian future. From backgrounds in history, art history, literary studies, and philosophy, the contributors show how Soviet space was sanctified, coded, and ‘sold’ as an ideological product.

Youth Politics in Putin s Russia

Author: Julie Hemment
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253017819
Release Date: 2015-09-14
Genre: Social Science

Julie Hemment provides a fresh perspective on the controversial nationalist youth projects that have proliferated in Russia in the Putin era, examining them from the point of view of their participants and offering provocative insights into their origins and significance. The pro-Kremlin organization Nashi ("Ours") and other state-run initiatives to mobilize Russian youth have been widely reviled in the West, seen as Soviet throwbacks and evidence of Russia’s authoritarian turn. By contrast, Hemment’s detailed ethnographic analysis finds an astute global awareness and a paradoxical kinship with the international democracy-promoting interventions of the 1990s. Drawing on Soviet political forms but responding to 21st-century disenchantments with the neoliberal state, these projects seek to produce not only patriots, but also volunteers, entrepreneurs, and activists.

Konrad Smole ski

Author: Biennale di Venezia (Wenecja).
Publisher:
ISBN: 8360713804
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Art, Modern

Konrad Smolenski works with sound, and for the Polish Pavilion he has created a symphonic installation in which the hum of bronze bells mixes with sounds from full-range speakers and other devices that emit noise, and the appearance of an orchestra is as important as the music it plays. With this complicated installation the artist and curators pose questions about the finiteness of time and historical values.

Histories of the Holocaust

Author: Dan Stone
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199566792
Release Date: 2010-06-17
Genre: History

A comprehensive handbook covering the prolific and sophisticated historiography of the Holocaust of the last two decades. This book is the most up-to-date and wide-ranging assessment of the state of historical research on the Holocaust currently available, covering the 'Final Solution' as a European project, the decision-making process, perpetrator research, plunder and collaboration, regional studies, ghettos, camps, race science and antisemitic ideology, andrecent debates concerning modernity, organization theory, colonialism, genocide studies and cultural history. Beyond describing other historians' arguments, Stone provides critical analyses of the complex and wide-ranging literature in the field, discerning major themes and trendsand assessing the achievements and shortcomings of the various approaches. In so doing, this book illustrates that there can and should never be a single history of the Holocaust, and facilitates an understanding of the genocide of the Jews from a multiplicity of angles.

Shake Rattle and Roll Yugoslav Rock Music and the Poetics of Social Critique

Author: Dalibor Mišina
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317056713
Release Date: 2016-04-01
Genre: Music

From the late-1970s to the late-1980s rock music in Yugoslavia had an important social and political purpose of providing a popular cultural outlet for the unique forms of socio-cultural critique that engaged with the realities and problems of life in Yugoslav society. The three music movements that emerged in this period - New Wave, New Primitives, and New Partisans - employed the understanding of rock music as the 'music of commitment' (i.e. as socio-cultural praxis premised on committed social engagement) to articulate the critiques of the country's 'new socialist culture', with the purpose of helping to eliminate the disconnect between the ideal and the reality of socialist Yugoslavia. This book offers an analysis of the three music movements and their particular brand of 'poetics of the present' in order to explore the movements' specific forms of socio-cultural engagement with Yugoslavia's 'new socialist culture' and demonstrate that their cultural praxis was oriented towards the goal of realizing the genuine Yugoslav socialist-humanist community 'in the true measure of man'. Thus, the book's principal argument is that the driving force behind the music of commitment was, although critical, a fundamentally constructive disposition towards the progressive ideal of socialist Yugoslavia.

Soviet Society in the Era of Late Socialism 1964 1985

Author: Neringa Klumbytė
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780739175835
Release Date: 2012
Genre: History

In Soviet Society in the Era of Late Socialism, 1964–85, Neringa Klumbyte and Gulnaz Sharafutdinova bring together scholarship examining the social and cultural life of the USSR and Eastern Europe from 1964 to 1985. This interdisciplinary and comparative study explores topics such as the Soviet middle class, individualism, sexuality, health, late-socialist ethics, and civic participation. The socialist state was not simply an oppressive institution that dictated how to live and what to think—it also responded to and was shaped by individuals' needs.

Terror and Democracy in the Age of Stalin

Author: Wendy Z. Goldman
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521866146
Release Date: 2007-08-27
Genre: History

Terror and Democracy in Stalin's Russia is the first book devoted exclusively to popular participation in the “Great Terror,” a period in which millions of people were arrested, interrogated, shot, and sent to labor camps. In the unions and the factories, repression was accompanied by a mass campaign for democracy. Party leaders urged workers to criticize and remove corrupt and negligent officials. Workers, shop foremen, local Party members, and union leaders adopted the slogans of repression and used them, often against each other, to redress long-standing grievances. Using new, formerly secret archival sources, Terror and Democracy in Stalin's Russia shows how ordinary people moved in clear stages toward madness and self-destruction. Wendy Z. Goldman is a professor of history at Carnegie Mellon University. She is author of Women, the State and Revolution: Soviet Family Policy and Social Life, 1917-1936 (Cambridge, 1993), winner of the Berkshire Conference Book Award, as well as Women at the Gates: Gender and Industry in Stalin's Russia (Cambridge, 2002).

Rock and Roll in the Rocket City

Author: Sergei I. Zhuk
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
ISBN: 1421423146
Release Date: 2017-02-01
Genre: History

In so doing, he demonstrates the influence of Western cultural consumption on the formation of a post-Soviet national identity.