Kyiv as regime city : the return of Soviet power after Nazi occupation / Martin J. Blackwell
- Rochester studies in East and Central Europe,
Rochester studies in East and Central Europe.
- Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press, 2016
Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-221) and index
"Drawing on the once closed local, regional, and national archives of the former Soviet Union, Kyiv as Regime City charts the resettlement of the Ukrainian capital after the end of Nazi occupation and the returning Soviet rulers' efforts there to retain legitimacy within a Moscow-centered regime still focused on the front. Beginning with the Ukrainian Communists' inability to either purge their capital city of 'socially dangerous' people or prevent the arrival of 'unorganized' evacuees from the rear due to new wartime laws designed to shore up the ranks of the Soviet military, this book chronicles how a socially and ethnically diverse milieu of Kyivans reassembled after many years of violence and terror. While the Ukrainian Communists successfully guarded entry into their privileged, elite ranks and monitored the masses' mood towards their superiors in Moscow, the party's failed attempts to conscript a labor force and begin housing reconstruction would later lead to the Stalin regime adopting new tactics to legitimize itself among the large Ukrainian and Jewish populations who once again called the city home. This is essential reading for those seeking to understand how the Kremlin operated as the Cold War with the United States of America began"--Provided by publisher.
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