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State and Society in Communist Czechoslovakia : Transforming the Everyday from Wwii to the Fall of the

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Across central and eastern Europe after World War II, the newly established communist regimes promised a drastic social revolution that would transform the world at great pace and pave the way to a socialist future. Although many aspects of this utopian project are well known – such as fast-paced industrialisation, collectivisation and urbanisation – the regimes even sought to transform the ways in which their citizens interacted with each other and the world around them. Using a unique analytical model based on an amalgam of anthropology, sociology, history and extensive archival research, award-winning scholar Roman Krakovský here considers the Czechoslovakian attempt to 'reinvent the world' – 'time' and 'space' included – in this all-encompassing way. Ranging from WWII to the fall of the Berlin Wall, his innovative analysis variously considers the impact of Stakhanovism, the impossible-to-achieve production targets intended to assert socialism's future potential; the attempt to replace Sunday's Christian attributes with socialist ones; and the profound changes brought about to the public and private spheres, including the culture of informing and the ways this was circumvented. Across a wide range of case studies Krakovský demonstrates both the far-reaching extent of the communist vision and the inherent flaws and contradictions that gradually destabilised it. This in-depth perspective is vital reading for all scholars of twentieth century history and politics.
Number of Pages: 352
Genre: History, Political Science
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Tauris Academic Studies
Author: Roman Krakovsku00fd
Language: English
Street Date: August 30, 2018
TCIN: 52746796
UPC: 9781784539146
Item Number (DPCI): 248-46-9549
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