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The Socialist Car: Automobility in the Eastern Bloc

Lewis H. Siegelbaum (ed.)

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449918
eISBN:
9780801463211
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449918.001.0001
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

Across the Soviet Bloc, from the 1960s until the collapse of communism, the automobile exemplified the tension between the ideological imperatives of political authorities and the aspirations of ... More


Introduction

Lewis H. Siegelbaum

in The Socialist Car: Automobility in the Eastern Bloc

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449918
eISBN:
9780801463211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449918.003.0001
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This book examines the place of the motor car in the state socialist countries of Eastern Europe, including the USSR. In particular, it considers the dynamic tension between cars and socialism, a ... More


The Common Heritage of the Socialist Car Culture

Luminita Gatejel

in The Socialist Car: Automobility in the Eastern Bloc

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449918
eISBN:
9780801463211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449918.003.0009
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter examines two dominant perspectives on socialist cars, one belonging to the Cold War context and the other to post-1989 Communist nostalgia. What seems to have survived the dissolution of ... More


Cars as Favors in People’s Poland

Mariusz Jastrząb

in The Socialist Car: Automobility in the Eastern Bloc

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449918
eISBN:
9780801463211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449918.003.0003
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter examines how cars in Poland came to be granted as favors for loyal or exceptionally useful subjects by those in authority. Using two sets of archival documents from 1977–1980 and ... More


On the Streets of a Truck-Building City: Naberezhnye Chelny in the Brezhnev Era

Esther Meier

in The Socialist Car: Automobility in the Eastern Bloc

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449918
eISBN:
9780801463211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449918.003.0007
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter examines the symbolic significance of streets, and how people took possession of them, in the Soviet city of Naberezhnye Chelny during the Brezhnev era. Naberezhnye Chelny was designed ... More


Understanding a Car in the Context of a System: Trabants, Marzahn, and East German Socialism

Eli Rubin

in The Socialist Car: Automobility in the Eastern Bloc

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449918
eISBN:
9780801463211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449918.003.0008
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter examines the Trabant, the quintessential socialist car in East Germany, not so much as an automobile unto itself but as a system unto itself and a part of a larger system of movement. ... More


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