Living Soviet in Ukraine from Stalin to Maidan: Under the Falling Red Star in Kharkiv

TitleLiving Soviet in Ukraine from Stalin to Maidan: Under the Falling Red Star in Kharkiv
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsWestrate, Michael T.
Number of Pages251
PublisherLexington Books
CityLanham, MD
Abstract

What the world is now witnessing in Ukraine is the cumulative effect of history and memory in the lives of the people of the region—and this book directly addresses those subjects. Although the majority of scholarship on the Soviet Union focuses on top-level political and intellectual elites, these groups were only tiny minorities. What was life like for the rest of society? What was it like for the vast population that usually supported the regime, mostly accepted the rules, essentially internalized the ideology, and generally made the same choices as their neighbors and friends? What was it like to live Soviet as the USSR hit its peak as a superpower and then fell apart? What was it like to live Soviet in Ukraine in the decade after independence?

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