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Soviet Veterans of the Second World War

A Popular Movement in an Authoritarian Society, 1941-1991

Mark Edele (Senior Lecturer, History, The University of Western Australia)



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Oxford University Press
21 November 2008
European history; Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000; Second World War; Military veterans
This book explores the fate of the millions of Soviet soldiers who survived the war with Germany and returned to Stalin's state after victory, tracing the veterans' story from the early post-war years right through to the end of the Soviet Union in 1991. It describes in detail the problems they encountered during demobilization, the dysfunctional bureaucracy they had to deal with once back, and the way their reintegration into civilian life worked in practice in one of the most severely destroyed countries of Europe. It pays particular attention to groups with specific problems such as the disabled, former prisoners of war, women soldiers and youth.
By:   Mark Edele (Senior Lecturer History The University of Western Australia)
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 163mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   675g
ISBN:   9780199237562
ISBN 10:   0199237565
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   21 November 2008
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for Soviet Veterans of the Second World War: A Popular Movement in an Authoritarian Society, 1941-1991

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

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