New Directions in Soviet History - Edited by Stephen WhiteCambridge, New York, Port Chester, Melbourne & Sydney: Cambridge University Press, 1992, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper. Pages very gently age-tanned.
From the cover: “Soviet history has seldom been of such importance — both to historians and to a broader public in the Soviet Union — as it now is. In this timely volume, scholars from both sides of the Atlantic, using a breadth of source material including Soviet archives and the local press, present the most recent thinking and up-to-date research available. The focus of this collection is on cultural history and industrial relations during the interwar period. These two topics are at the forefront of current historical debate and this volume will therefore be essential reading for all professional students of Soviet history.
New Directions in Soviet History opens with a provocative review of Gorbachev and Soviet history by Pierre Broue. This is followed by papers on the changing nature of mass culture in the 1920s and 1930s. Jeffrey Brooks explores how public identities were constructed in the party press, Denise Youngblood looks at the role of the cinema and James van Geldern examines tensions within the arts between the centre and the periphery. In the following section, Chris Ward, John Hatch, Catherine Merridale, John Russell and Robert Thurston discuss the distribution of authority in the workplace and, in particular, the politics of shop floor culture between the wars. Finally, Evan Mawdsley assesses the changing nature of the Soviet political elite from the 1930s to the present day.”