Soviet Baby Boomers: An Oral History of Russia's Cold War Generation (Oxford Oral History Series)

Soviet Baby Boomers: An Oral History of Russia's Cold War Generation (Oxford Oral History Series)

Donald J. Raleigh


Donald Raleigh's Soviet child Boomers strains the cave in of the Soviet Union and the transformation of Russia right into a sleek, hugely literate, city society throughout the interesting lifestyles tales of the country's first post-World conflict II, chilly warfare new release.

For this e-book, Raleigh has interviewed sixty 1967 graduates of 2 "magnet" secondary faculties that provided in depth guide in English, one in Moscow and one in provincial Saratov. a part of the new release that begun tuition the 12 months the rustic introduced Sputnik into area, they grew up throughout the chilly struggle, yet in a Soviet Union more and more distanced from the excesses of Stalinism. during this post-Stalin period, the Soviet management dismantled the Gulag, governed with out terror, promoted consumerism, and commenced to open itself to an outdoor global nonetheless petrified of Communism. Raleigh is likely one of the first students of post-1945 Soviet historical past to attract generally on oral heritage, a very invaluable process in learning a rustic the place the limits among private and non-private lifestyles remained porous and the country sought to look into each nook of people's lives. in the course of and after the dissolution of the USSR, Russian electorate begun overtly conversing approximately their prior, attempting to make feel of it, and Raleigh has made the main of this new forthrightness. He has created a very wealthy composite narrative and embedded it in greater old narratives of chilly battle, de-Stalinization, "overtaking" the US, establishing as much as the skin international, monetary stagnation, dissent, emigration, the transition to a industry economic climate, the transformation of sophistication, ethnic, and gender kin, and globalization.

Including infrequent photos of lifestyle in chilly conflict Russia, Soviet child Boomers bargains an intimate portrait of a new release that has remained principally faceless until eventually now.

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