Stalinism Reloaded (Paperback)
Everyday Life in Stalin-City, Hungary
Indiana University Press, 9780253026811, 312pp.
Publication Date: March 27, 2017
Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover, Hungarian (3/27/2017)
The Hungarian city of Szt linv ros, or "Stalin-City," was intended to be the paradigmatic urban community of the new communist society in the 1950s. In Stalinism Reloaded, S ndor Horv th explores how Stalin-City and the socialist regime were built and stabilized not only by the state but also by the people who came there with hope for a better future. By focusing on the everyday experiences of citizens, Horv th considers the contradictions in the Stalinist policies and the strategies these bricklayers, bureaucrats, shop girls, and even children put in place in order to cope with and shape the expectations of the state. Stalinism Reloaded reveals how the state influenced marriage patterns, family structure, and gender relations. While the devastating effects of this regime are considered, a convincing case is made that ordinary citizens had significant agency in shaping the political policies that governed them.