Soviet Veterans of the Second World War: A Popular Movement in an Authoritarian Society 1941-1991

TitleSoviet Veterans of the Second World War: A Popular Movement in an Authoritarian Society 1941-1991
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsEdele, Mark
PublisherOxford University Press
CityOxford
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Thid study analyzes the old soldiers' long struggle for recognition and the eventual emergence of an organized movement in the years after Stalin's death. The Soviet state at first refused to recognize veterans as a group worthy of special privileges or as an organization. They were not a groupconceived of in Marxist-Leninist theory, there was suspicion about their political loyalty, and the leadership worried about the costs of affording a special status to such a large population group. These preconceptions were overcome only after a long, hard struggle by a popular movement that slowlyemerged within the strict confines of the authoritarian Soviet regime. [WorldCat]

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