Mark Edele studied Russian history at the Universities of Erlangen, Tubingen, and Chicago, and is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Australia, where he teaches continental European and Russian history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Edele's book is an important contribution to the history of the later Soviet Union, in particular the immediate postwar years. It deepens our understanding of how Soviet state and society interacted and provides critical insights into the development of the veterans' movement. H-Soz-u-Kult Edele's account is destined to help reshape understanding of WWII and the former Soviet Union. Highly recommended. CHOICE Authoritative and engaging Ian D. Thatcher, History A truly superb and highly-recommended account of Soviet veterans of World War II. Jeffrey W. Jones, Slavic Review