Everyday Soviet Utopias: The Planning, Design and the Aesthetics of Developed Socialism

1st Edition

Anna Alekseyeva

Routledge
February 12, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 272 Pages - 21 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138497115 - CAT# K350621
Series: Routledge Studies in the History of Russia and Eastern Europe

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Summary

This book explores how Soviet intellectuals of the later Soviet decades – 1970 to 1990 – sought to bring about the socialist utopian world. It argues that the last two decades of the Soviet Union were not characterised by state withdrawal and malaise, as some scholars have argued; attempts to envisage and enact Utopia remained as imaginative and creative as ever. The book considers what these utopian ideas looked like through housing schemes, layouts of districts and cities, design of objects and interiors, and proposals for the organisation of family and social life. Relating developments in the Soviet Union to evolving social theory and postmodernism more broadly, the book draws transnational parallels between the intellectual history of east and west in the late twentieth century. 

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