War Evacuation and the Exercise of Power

Author: Larry E. Holmes
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 0739174630
Format: PDF, ePub
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War, Evacuation, and the Exercise of Power examines the history of the Pedagogical Institute, located in the USSR's Kirov region from 1941 to 1952. Holmes reveals a tangled and complex relationship of local, regional, and national agencies. While it recognizes the immense strength of the center, it emphasizes a contentious diffusion, although not a confusion, of authority. In so doing, it departs from traditional models of Soviet power with their neatly drawn vertical and horizontal lines of command. It also demonstrates institutional and personal behavior simultaneously consistent with and at odds with a triumphalist wartime narrative.

Stalin s World War II Evacuations

Author: Larry E. Holmes
Publisher: Modern War Studies (Hardcover)
ISBN: 9780700623952
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The story of Soviet evacuations of industry and people during World War II with a focus on the Kirov region. It assesses the increasingly antagonistic response of Kirov's citizens and governing organs as the number of evacuated people grew, the clash of competing institutions, and the growing demands of wartime industrial enterprises.

Soviet Street Children and the Second World War

Author: Olga Kucherenko
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 147421343X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A time of great hardship, the Second World War became a consequential episode in the history of Soviet childhood policies. The growing social problem of juvenile homelessness and delinquency alerted the government to the need for a comprehensive child protection programme. Nevertheless, by prioritizing public order over welfare, the Stalinist state created conditions that only exacerbated the situation, transforming an existing problem into a nation-wide crisis. In this comprehensive account based on exhaustive archival research, Olga Kucherenko investigates the plight of more than a million street children and the state's role in the reinforcement of their ranks. By looking at wartime dislocation, Soviet child welfare policies, juvenile justice and the shadow world both within and without the Gulag, Soviet Street Children and the Second World War challenges several of the most pervasive myths about the Soviet Union at war. It is, therefore, as much an investigation of children on the margins of Soviet society as it is a study of the impact of war and state policies on society itself.