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The People's war : responses to World War II in the Soviet Union

Author: Robert W Thurston; Bernd Bonwetsch
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The People's War lifts the Stalinist veil of secrecy to probe an almost untold side of World War II: the experiences of the Soviet people themselves. Going beyond dry and faceless military accounts of the eastern front of the "Great Patriotic War" and the Soviet state's one-dimensional "heroic People," this volume explores how ordinary citizens responded to the war, Stalinist leadership, and Nazi invasion. Drawing  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert W Thurston; Bernd Bonwetsch
ISBN: 0252026004 9780252026003
OCLC Number: 43588438
Description: x, 275 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Living and surviving in occupied Minsk / Uwe Gartenschläger --
Destruction and Resistance : the Jewish shtetl of Slonim, 1941-44 / Hans-Heinrich Nolte --
The popular mood in the unoccupied Soviet Union : continuity and change during the war / Gennadi Bordiugov --
The social and political situation in Leningrad in the first months of the German invasion : the social psychology of the workers / Andrei R. Dzeniskevich --
Survival strategies in Leningrad during the first year of the Soviet-German war / Richard Bidlack --
Muscovites' moods, 22 June 1941 to May 1942 / Mikhail M. Gorinov --
War as a "breathing space" : Soviet intellectuals and the "Great Patriotic War" / Bernd Bonwetsch --
The siege of Leningrad : wartime literature and ideological change / Aileen G. Rambow --
Soviet Russian wartime culture : freedom and control, spontaneity and consciousness / Richard Stites --
Soviet soldiers and officers on the eve of the German invasion : toward a description of social psychology and political attitudes / Mark Von Hagen --
Soviet women as comrades-in-arms : a blind spot in the history of the war / Susanne Conze and Beate Fieseler --
Cauldrons of loyalty and betrayal : Soviet soldiers' behavior, 1941 and 1945 / Robert W. Thurston.
Responsibility: edited by Robert W. Thurston and Bernd Bonwetsch.

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A unique and rare look into life as it was for the people in the Soviet Union during WWII, unclouded by old-style Soviet portrayals and psuedo-histories that painted a glowing portrait of the "heroic  Read more...

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