The changing face of the Soviet police state, 1930s–1970s
What was life in the Soviet Union really like? Through a series of true stories, One Day We Will Live without Fear describes what people’s day-to-day life was like under the regime of the Soviet police state.
Drawing on events from the 1930s through the 1970s, Mark Harrison shows how, by accident or design, people became entangled in the workings of Soviet rule. The author outlines the seven principles on which that police state operated during its history, from the Bolshevik revolution of 1917 to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, and illustrates them throughout the book. Well-known people appear in the stories, but the central characters are those who will have been remembered only within their families: a budding artist, an engineer, a pensioner, a government office worker, a teacher, a group of tourists. Those tales, based on historical records, shine a light on the many tragic, funny, and bizarre aspects of Soviet life.
Mark Harrison is a professor of economics at the University of Warwick and a research fellow of Warwick’s ESRC Centre on Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy. He is also a research fellow at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Birmingham and at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University. He visited Russia first as a schoolboy in 1964, again as a graduate student in 1972, and on many occasions since then. He has published many books and articles on Russian economic history, the international economics of the two world wars, and the historical political economy of dictatorship, including most recently The Economics of Coercion and Conflict (World Scientific Publishing, 2015). He received the Alec Nove Prize for Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies in 1997 and the Russian National Prize for Applied Economics in 2012.
One Day We Will Live without Fear
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