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Author Stronski, Paul.
Title Tashkent : forging a Soviet city, 1930-1966 / Paul Stronski.
Imprint Pittsburgh : University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010.

Author Stronski, Paul.
Series Pitt Series in Russian and East European Studies
Series in Russian and East European studies.
Subject Social change -- Soviet Union -- Case studies.
City planning -- Soviet Union -- Case studies.
Urban renewal -- Uzbekistan -- Tashkent -- History -- 20th century.
Architecture -- Uzbekistan -- Tashkent -- History -- 20th century.
Social change -- Uzbekistan -- Tashkent -- History -- 20th century.
City planning -- Political aspects -- Uzbekistan -- Tashkent -- History -- 20th century.
City planning -- Uzbekistan -- Tashkent -- History -- 20th century.
Tashkent (Uzbekistan) -- Ethnic relations -- History -- 20th century.
Tashkent (Uzbekistan) -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Tashkent (Uzbekistan) -- History -- 20th century.
Description 1 online resource (xv, 350 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents A city to be transformed -- Imagining a "cultured" Tashkent -- War and evacuation -- Central Asian lives at war -- The postwar Soviet city, 1945-1953 -- Central Asian Tashkent and the postwar Soviet state -- Redesigning Tashkent after Stalin -- The Tashkent model -- Epilogue.
Summary Paul Stronski tells the fascinating story of Tashkent, an ethnically diverse, primarily Muslim city that became the prototype for the Soviet-era reimagining of urban centers in Central Asia. Based on extensive research in Russian and Uzbek archives, Stronski shows us how Soviet officials, planners, and architects strived to integrate local ethnic traditions and socialist ideology into a newly constructed urban space and propaganda showcase.
The Soviets planned to transform Tashkent from a feudal city of the tsarist era into a flourishing garden, replete with fountains, a lakeside resort, modern roadways, schools, hospitals, apartment buildings, and of course, factories. The city was intended to be a shining example to the world of the successful assimilation of a distinctly non-Russian city and its citizens through the catalyst of socialism. As Stronski reveals, the physical building of this Soviet city was not an end in itself, but rather a means to change the people and their society.
Stronski analyzes how the local population of Tashkent reacted to, resisted, and eventually acquiesced to the city's socialist transformation. He records their experiences of the Great Terror, World War II, Stalin's death, and the developments of the Krushchev and Brezhnev eras up until the earthquake of 1966, which leveled large parts of the city. Stronski finds that the Soviets established a legitimacy that transformed Tashkent and its people into one of the more stalwart supporters of the regime through years of political and cultural changes and finally during the upheavals of glasnost. --Book Jacket.
ISBN 9780822973898 (electronic bk.)
0822973898 (electronic bk.)
9780822943945 (hc ; alk. paper)
0822943948 (hc ; alk. paper)
9780822961130 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
082296113X (pbk. ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 794700647
Additional Format Print version: Stronski, Paul. Tashkent : forging a Soviet city, 1930-1966. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania : University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010 xv, 350 pages Pitt series in Russian and East European studies. 9780822943945

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