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Thomas Lahusen, Peter H. Solomon, Jr. (eds.)
What Is Soviet Now?
Identities, Legacies, Memories
Reihe: Geschichte: Forschung und Wissenschaft
Bd. 27, 2008, 336 S., 29.90 EUR, br., ISBN 978-3-8258-0640-8
Economists and political scientists wrestle with the challenges faced by Russian officials and public alike in adapting to a market economy and democracy, including the fragility of property rights and elections still rooted in old institutional structures. Contributors examine the reforms of health and welfare, and the hierarchy of privilege and access, and consider how Putin's statist approach to mythmaking compares to that of previous Soviet and post-Soviet regimes. Historians and anthropologists explore the issue of nostalgia, gender, punishment, belief, and how history itself is being created and perceived today. The volume concludes with a journey through the ruined landscape of real socialism.