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Communism unwrapped : consumption in Cold War Eastern Europe

Author: Paulina Bren; Mary Neuburger
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012.
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This title reveals the complex world of consumption in Cold War Eastern Europe, exploring the ways people shopped, ate, drank smoked, cooked, acquired, assessed and exchanged goods.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Electronic book
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Communism unwrapped.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2012
(DLC) 2012015112
(OCoLC)769989305
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Paulina Bren; Mary Neuburger
ISBN: 0199950466 9780199950461 9780199827664 0199827664
OCLC Number: 827777830
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 413 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Contributors --
Introduction / Paulina Bren and Mary Neuburger --
Living large : introduction --
Tuzex and the hustler : living it up in Czechoslovakia / Paulina Bren --
Utopia gone terribly right : plutonium's "gated communities" in the Soviet Union and the United States / Kate Brown --
"Knife in the water" : competitive consumption in urbanizing Poland / Kacper Poblocki --
Quality control : introduction --
The taste of smoke : bulgartabak and the manufacturing of cigarettes and satisfaction / Mary Neuburger --
Risky business : what was really being sold in the department stores of socialist Eastern Europe? / Patrick Hyder Patterson --
Material harmony : the quest for quality in socialist Bulgaria, 1960s-1980s / Rossitza Guentcheva --
Kitchen talk : introduction --
Eating up Yugoslavia : cookbooks and consumption in socialist Yugoslavia / Wendy Bracewell --
Grounds for discontent? : coffee from the black market to the kaffeeklatsch in the GDR / Katherine Pence --
From black caviar to blackouts : gender, consumption, and lifestyle in Ceausescu's Romania / Jill Massino --
To market, to market --
: introduction --
The "socialist bourse" : alcohol, reputation, and gender in Romania's second economy during the 1980s / Narcis Tulbure --
The extraordinary career of Feketevágo Ur : wood theft, pig-killing, and entrepreneurship in communist Hungary, 1948-1956 / Karl Brown --
Keeping it close to home : resourcefulness and scarcity in late socialist and post-socialist Poland / Malgorzata Mazurek --
Constructive criticism : introduction --
Kids, cars, or cashews? : debating and remembering consumption in socialist Hungary / Tamas Dombos and Lena Pellandini-Simanyi --
The house that socialism built : reform, consumption and inequality in postwar Yugoslavia / Brigitte Le Normand --
Shop around the bloc : trader tourism and its discontents on the East German-Polish border / Mark Keck-Szajbel --
Index.
Responsibility: edited by Paulina Bren and Mary Neuburger.

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