The ‘second socialist offensive’

Lynne Attwood

in Gender and Housing in Soviet Russia

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780719081453
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701768 | DOI:
The ‘second socialist offensive’

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This chapter investigates the early Stalin era and the launching of the first Five Year Plan. It also describes the renewed enthusiasm for communal living which accompanied the Plan. The first Five Year Plan generated considerable fear. Housing management played a major role in identifying likely candidates for disenfranchisement during the first Five Year Plan. Communal housing and plans for the reconstruction of byt enjoyed a much greater level of official support. The development of gigantic new factory enterprises across the country was one of the key features of the first Five Year Plan. Rabotnitsa stressed the particular benefits of communal living to women. It also reported with enthusiasm that workers were coming round to the idea of communal living. The inadequacies of domestic facilities meant that most of the women living in Magnitogorsk continued to act as domestic servants.

Keywords: Five Year Plan; Stalin era; communal housing; housing management; Rabotnitsa; Magnitogorsk; communal living

Chapter.  8819 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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