Unfinished Utopia: Nowa Huta, Stalinism, and Polish Society, 1949-56

Unfinished Utopia: Nowa Huta, Stalinism, and Polish Society, 1949-56

Katherine Lebow


Unfinished Utopia is a social and cultural background of Nowa Huta, dubbed Poland's "first socialist urban" by means of Communist propaganda of the Nineteen Fifties. paintings begun at the new city, situated at the banks of the Vistula River quite a few miles from the historical urban of Kraków, in 1949. against this to its older neighbor, Nowa Huta was once meant to version a brand new form of socialist modernity and to be peopled with "new men," themselves either the developers and the beneficiaries of this undertaking of socialist development. Nowa Huta used to be the biggest and politically most vital of the socialist towns in-built East vital Europe after international warfare II; domestic to the big Lenin Steelworks, it epitomized the Stalinist application of pressured industrialization that opened the towns to rural migrants and sought essentially to remodel the constructions of Polish society.

Focusing on Nowa Huta's building and metal staff, formative years brigade volunteers, housewives, activists, and designers, Katherine Lebow explores their a variety of encounters with the ideology and perform of Stalinist mobilization through searching out their voices in memoirs, oral historical past interviews, and archival documents, juxtaposing those opposed to either the authentic and unofficial transcripts of Stalinism. faraway from the grey and regimented panorama we think Stalinism to were, the fledgling urban used to be a colourful and anarchic position the place the previously disenfranchised (peasants, early life, ladies) hastened to claim their prime function in "building socialism"―but infrequently in ways in which experts had anticipated.

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