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Making Sense of War : The Second World War and the Fate of the Bolshevik Revolution

By: Weiner, Amir.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2012Description: 1 online resource (432 p.).ISBN: 9781400840854.Subject(s): Communism -- Soviet Union -- History | Propaganda, Soviet -- History | World War, 1939-1945 -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Soviet Union | World War, 1939-1945 -- Propaganda | World War, 1939-1945 -- Psychological aspects | World War, 1939-1945 -- Social aspects -- Soviet Union | World War, 1939-1945 -- Soviet Union | World War, 1939-1945 -- Ukraine -- Vinny︠t︡s︠i︡a RegionGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Making Sense of War : The Second World War and the Fate of the Bolshevik RevolutionDDC classification: 940.53 LOC classification: D744.55.W45 2001ebOnline resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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""Contents ""; ""List of Illustrations ""; ""List of Tables ""; ""Acknowledgments ""; ""Introduction: Making Sense of War ""; ""PART I: DELINEATING THE BODY POLITIC ""; ""One Myth and Power: The Making of a Postwar Elite ""; ""Two ""Living Up to the Calling of a Communist"": Purification of the Rank and File ""; ""PART II: DELINEATING THE BODY SOCIOETHNIC ""; ""Three Excising Evil ""; ""Four Moemory of Excision, Excisionary Memory ""; ""PART III: THE MAKING OF A POSTWAR SOVIET NATION ""; ""Five Integral Nationalism in the Trial of War ""
""Six Peasants to Soviets, Peasants to Ukrainians """"Afterword: A Soviet World without Soviet Power,a Myth of War without War ""; ""Bibliography ""; ""Index""
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""Contents ""; ""List of Illustrations ""; ""List of Tables ""; ""Acknowledgments ""; ""Introduction: Making Sense of War ""; ""PART I: DELINEATING THE BODY POLITIC ""; ""One Myth and Power: The Making of a Postwar Elite ""; ""Two ""Living Up to the Calling of a Communist"": Purification of the Rank and File ""; ""PART II: DELINEATING THE BODY SOCIOETHNIC ""; ""Three Excising Evil ""; ""Four Moemory of Excision, Excisionary Memory ""; ""PART III: THE MAKING OF A POSTWAR SOVIET NATION ""; ""Five Integral Nationalism in the Trial of War ""

""Six Peasants to Soviets, Peasants to Ukrainians """"Afterword: A Soviet World without Soviet Power,a Myth of War without War ""; ""Bibliography ""; ""Index""

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This book endeavors to assess the cultural, political, and spiritual impact of WWII on the Soviet Union. The agenda is an ambitious one, and the author has not completely mastered it. Weiner deals with the concrete to capture the ephemeral, cleaving too closely to the kind of conclusions that the Soviets would have wanted a historian to make. The basic underpinning theses are that the USSR was a normal society; that the war must be seen as a continuation of the Bolshevik Revolution; and that the war created new social substrata based on partisan and battle line camaraderie. To argue the case, the author uses a broad spectrum of sources--literature, newspaper accounts, diaries, court records, and official documents. However, forgetting the country's rocky history, Weiner overemphasizes the normality of the USSR, which drives him to the conclusion that the war enhanced Soviet stability. Not enough attention is paid to those forces that led to the megalith's disintegration only 40 years after their victory over Nazism. The work is well footnoted, has an impressive bibliography, and contains a good index. Recommended for college, especially graduate, level libraries. A. Ezergailis Ithaca College

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Amir Weiner is Assistant Professor of History at Stanford University.

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