Readership: Students, scholars, baby boomers, and general readers interested in Soviet history, Russian history, the Cold War, and the world since 1945.
Donald J. Raleigh, Jay Richard Judson Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Donald J. Raleigh is Jay Richard Judson Distinguished Professor of History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is the author of Revolution on the Volga, Experiencing Russia's Civil War, and Russia's Sputnik Generation.
"This is the first known Soviet oral history study by a Western scholar. ... Raleighs study is fascinating, providing a unique and nostalgic portrayal of the everyday life of the Soviet post-Stalin generation from the late Khrushchev era to the collapse of the Soviet Union. The book is full of fresh insights and interesting ideas." - Sergei I. Zhuk, Slavonic and East European Review
"[Donald J. Raleigh] has created a sophisticated and nuanced cultural history. His book, eschewing cliché about the necessary and inevitable stasis of Russian society or its long-term yen for authoritarianism, at the same time puts forward thought-provoking, and at times unexpected, material about the lasting and deep impact of the late Soviet era on
the present day." - Catriona Kelly, English Historical Review
Chapter 1: The Real Nuclear Threat: Soviet Families in Transition
Chapter 2: Overtaking America in School: Educating the Builders of Communism
Chapter 3: "Unconscious Agents of Change": Soviet Childhood Creates the Cynical Generation
Chapter 4: The Baby Boomers Come of Age
Chapter 5: Living Soviet during the Brezhnev-Era Stagnation
Chapter 6: "But then everything fell apart": Gorbachev Remakes the Soviet Dream
Chapter 7: Surviving Russia's Great Depression
Conclusion: "It's they who have always held Russia together"