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Divided we Stand: Cities Social Unity and Post-War Reconstruction in Soviet Russia, 1945-1953

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Robert DaleORCiD



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This article explores the divisions created by the Great Patriotic War, its aftermath and the reconstruction of Russian cities in the late 1940s and early 1950s. It examines the conflicts created by rebuilding housing, infrastructure, restoring communities and allocating scant resources in cities where war's painful legacy continued to be felt. The war's impact varied enormously between cities on the frontlines and in the rear. Contrary to official propaganda rebuilding was a protracted process, which created divisions rather than unity.

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Author(s): Dale R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Contemporary European History

Year: 2015

Volume: 24

Issue: 4

Pages: 493-516

Print publication date: 01/11/2015

Online publication date: 16/10/2015

Acceptance date: 17/07/2015

Date deposited: 05/10/2015

ISSN (print): 0960-7773

ISSN (electronic): 1469-2171

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


DOI: 10.1017/S0960777315000302

Notes: Journal Special Issue


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