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Author Edele, Mark.
Title Soviet veterans of World War II : a popular movement in an authoritarian society, 1941-1991 / Mark Edele.
Imprint Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.

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Subject Veterans -- Soviet Union.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Veterans -- Soviet Union -- Social conditions.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Veterans -- Soviet Union -- Economic conditions.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Veterans -- Services for -- Soviet Union.
Soviet Union -- History.
Soviet Union -- Social conditions -- 1945-1991.
Soviet Union -- Politics and government -- 1945-1991.
Description 1 online resource (x, 334 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "Millions of Soviet soldiers died in the USSR's struggle for survival against Nazi Germany but millions more returned to Stalin's state after victory. Mark Edele traces the veterans' story from the early post-war years through to the end of the Soviet Union in 1991. He describes in detail the problems they encountered during demobilization, the dysfunctional bureaucracy they had to deal with once back, and the way their reintegration into civilian life worked in practice in one of the most devastated countries of Europe. He pays particular attention to groups with specific problems, such as the disabled, former prisoners of war, women soldiers, and youth." "The study analyzes the old soldiers' long struggle for recognition and the eventual emergence of an organized movement in the years after Stalin's death. The Soviet state at first refused to recognize veterans as a group worthy of special privileges or as an organization. They were not a group conceived of in Marxist Leninist theory, there was suspicion about their political loyalty, and the leadership worried about the costs of affording special status to such a large population group. These preconceptions were overcome only after a long, hard struggle by a popular movement that slowly emerged within the strict confines of the authoritarian Soviet regime."--Jacket.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780191553356 (electronic bk.)
0191553352 (electronic bk.)
9780199237562
0199237565
OCLC # 311616059
Additional Format Print version: Edele, Mark. Soviet veterans of World War II. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008 9780199237562 0199237565 (OCoLC)243820344.