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Stalin's Last Generation: Soviet Post‐War Youth and the Emergence of Mature Socialism

Juliane Fürst

Abstract

‘Stalin's last generation’ was the last generation to come of age under Stalin, yet it was also the first generation to be socialized in the post-war period. Its young members grew up in a world that still carried many of the hallmarks of the Soviet Union's revolutionary period, yet their surroundings already showed the first signs of decay, stagnation, and disintegration. Stalin's last generation still knew how to speak ‘Bolshevik’, still believed in the power of Soviet heroes, and still wished to construct socialism, yet they also liked to dance and dress in Western styles, they knew how to ... More

Keywords: Stalin, post-war period, Soviet Union, youth culture, propaganda, crime, subcultures, Stalinism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199575060
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199575060.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Juliane Fürst, author
Lecturer in 20th-century History, University of Bristol