Chapter

Introduction

Juliane Fürst

in Stalin's Last Generation

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199575060
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595141 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199575060.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter sets out the purpose of this book, which is to examine the transformation of Soviet youths from individuals rooted in the hierarchical and cultural structures of the Soviet system, into individuals keen to redefine their identity and those of their peers within Soviet society. It contends that young people who came of age in the later stages of Stalin's rule constituted an important bridge between two distinct Soviet epochs: the pre-war and wartime Soviet Union which directed its energies to the construction of socialist society, and the later years of so-called ‘mature socialism’ which sought to preserve. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords: Soviet Union; Stalinism; youth culture; socialism; young people

Chapter.  13559 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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