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On Living Through Soviet Russia by Daniel Bertaux, Anna Rotkirch, Paul Thompson

By Daniel Bertaux, Anna Rotkirch, Paul Thompson

For a interval of over seventy years after the 1917 revolutions in Russia, speaking concerning the prior, both political or own, grew to become harmful. the hot coverage of glasnost on the finish of the Eighties led to a flood of memory, nearly nightly on tv and extra officially accrued by means of new Russian oral historical past teams and western researchers. This e-book is an engaging selection of existence tales and relations historical past interview fabric amassed by means of the editors and Russian teams of interviewers.

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An important discussion in French of the public contestation of memory in Eastern Europe as a whole can be found in Alain Brossat et al. (eds), À l’Est la mémoire retrouvée (La Découverte, Paris, 1990): ‘La mémoire disputée’, 321–565. 22 DANIEL BERTAUX, ANNA ROTKIRCH AND PAUL THOMPSON 17 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation (Collins and Harvill Press, London, 1974): xi. ), Biography and Society: The Life History Approach in the Social Sciences, (Sage, London, 1981): 289–306.

This monopoly assumed that the only legitimate force for change, the historical Subject, was the Party. It involved a two-fold moral diktat: that all individual and collective energies were supposed to be directed along the lines marked out by the Party, and that any effort to divert a part of this to further individual, family or clan strategies for the improvement of living conditions was inadmissible. Recognising the existence of this kind of effort would have meant recognising the existence and legitimacy of Subjects for action other than the Party itself.

Guardian Weekly, 20–26 June 2002. Michael Glenny and Norman Stone, The Other Russia: The Experience of Exile (Faber and Faber, London, 1990). The earliest project of this kind was the United States State Department Soviet Interview Project, the interviews of which are held both in the Library of Congress and at the Russian Research Center, Harvard. Alena Ledenova, The Russian Economy of Favours Blat, Networking and Informal Exchange (Cambridge University Press, New York, 1998). There is a substantial Russian literature on this issue.

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