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Russian Housing in the Modern Age

Russian Housing in the Modern Age
Design and Social History

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William Craft Brumfield, Blair A. Ruble, James H. Bater, Milka Bliznakov,John Bowlt, Robert Edelman, Stephen Kotkin, Vladimir Papernyi, B. Vysokovskii.
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  • Date Published: May 1993
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print August 2007
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521431972

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  • The chapters in this book, by specialists in various areas of modern Russian history and culture, explore the ways in which Russians during the past century have provided one of the most basic of human needs--housing. At the end of the nineteenth century, Russian housing reflected both tradition and sweeping social change, from the peasant countryside to the growth of major new urban centers. The first three chapters of the book illustrate this contrast in shelter, as well as the accomplishments and inadequacies of the pre-revolutionary building boom. The intractable problems of housing within a society in transition were addressed with new vigor by Soviet planners. The book examines idealistic, modernist projects for housing in the 1920s, as well as workers' settlements for the Five-Year Plans. The bombastic pretensions of Stalinist architecture are also explored from a sociological and historical perspective. Later chapters examine the origins of the bleary countryside and cityscape of the Krushchev and Brezhnev eras. The volume concludes with a view of contemporary developments--again in a society undergoing fundamental changes--and offers views of possible developments in the next century. The result is the first multidisciplinary examination of housing in all of its varied forms throughout the twentieth century in Russia.

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    "...Russian Housing in the Modern Age: Design and Social History emerges as a remarkable success, enlightening and eminently readable....lucid, informative, and engaging essays." John E. Bowlt, Slavic and East European Journal

    "...a cohesive, complex and at times moving history of an idea that continues to have very particular resonances in Russia....a rich social history that will be of real value, not just to art historians, historians, social and political scientists, but to anyone trying to understand how the lifestyle and psyche of Russians have been shaped and reshaped by the treatment of their living space." Wendy R. Salmond, Slavic Review

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    • Date Published: May 1993
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521431972
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 261 x 210 x 24 mm
    • weight: 1.17kg
    • contains: 28 b/w illus. 13 tables
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print August 2007
  • Table of Contents

    List of plates
    Acknowledgements
    Abbreviations and notes on the text
    The Letters 1872–1903
    Bibliography and sources
    Index.

  • Editors

    William Craft Brumfield

    Blair A. Ruble

    Contributors

    William Craft Brumfield, Blair A. Ruble, James H. Bater, Milka Bliznakov,John Bowlt, Robert Edelman, Stephen Kotkin, Vladimir Papernyi, B. Vysokovskii.

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