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Provincial Landscapes Local Dimensions of Soviet Power 1917-1953 by Donald J. Raleigh

Provincial Landscapes Local Dimensions of Soviet Power 1917-1953

Part of the Pitt Series in Russian and East European Studies Series


Provincial Landscapes Local Dimensions of Soviet Power 1917-1953 by Donald J. Raleigh

The closed nature of the Soviet Union, combined with the West's intellectual paradigm of Communist totalitarianism prior to the 1970s, have led to a one-dimensional view of Soviet history, both in Russia and the West. The recent opening of former Soviet archives allowed historians to explore a broad array of critical issues at the local level. Provincial Landscapes is one of the first publications to begin filling this enormous gap in scholarship on the Soviet Union, pointing the way to additional work that will certainly force major reevaluations of the nation's history. Focusing on the years between the Revolution and Stalin's death, the contributors to this volume address a variety of topics, including how political events and social engineering played themselves out at the local level; the construction of Bolshevik identities, including class, gender, ethnicity, and place; the Soviet cultural project; and the hybridization of Soviet cultural forms. In showing how the local is related to the larger society, the essays decenter standard narratives of Soviet history, enrich the understanding of major events and turning points in that history, and provide a context for the highly visible sociopolitical and cultural roles individual Russian provinces began to play after the breakup of the Soviet Union.


Brings into evidence untapped or drastically underutilized Russian sources from archives for the first time. This rich collection deserves a wide audience. - William Husband, Oregon State University

About the Author

Donald J. Raleigh, Pardue Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is the author, editor, or translator of numerous books and articles, including most recently, The Emperors and Empresses of Russia: Rediscovering the Romanovs and Labor Camp Socialism: The Culag in the Soviet Totalitarian System.

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Publication date

31st October 2001


Donald J. Raleigh

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University of Pittsburgh Press


416 pages


European history
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000
Social & cultural history



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