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Author Chakars, Melissa, author.

Title The socialist way of life in Siberia : transformation in Buryatia / Melissa Chakars
Published Budapest : Central European University Press, 2014


Description 1 online resource (xv, 296 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, maps
Contents Modernization and Soviet success -- Institutions and the culture of progress -- Buryat exceptionalism and advancement -- Outline of chapters -- The Buryats of Siberia : from imperial Russia to the Soviet state -- Stalinism in Buryatia -- The new Buryats -- Education for change -- Buryat literature for a new society -- A means to modernity : newspapers, radio, and television -- Reform, but what kind?
Summary The Socialist Way of Life in Siberia presents the dramatic late twentieth century transformation in the everyday lives of the Buryats, a Mongolian people who live in Siberian Russia. The book challenges the common perception that the process of modernization during the later Soviet period created national assertiveness rather than assimilation or support for the state. The author examines the central question of being a Buryat and being a successful Buryat in the socio-political structures of the Tsarist Russian Empire, later during Socialism and in present-day Russia. The Buryats and especially the intellectual elite of the Buryats are treated as a group which due to their historical and cultural roots and capability (determined also historically) became an integral and efficient part of the Russian administrative and cultural life. By 1991, the Buryats were overrepresented in nearly every profession in their autonomous republic despite the fact that they made up only around 25 percent of its population
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Buriats -- Politics and government
Buriats -- Social conditions
Buriats -- Social life and customs
Socialism -- Social aspects -- Russia (Federation) -- Buri︠a︡tii︠a︡
Social change -- Russia (Federation) -- Buri︠a︡tii︠a︡
Social change -- Russia (Federation) -- Siberia
HISTORY -- Europe -- Former Soviet Republics.
HISTORY -- Europe -- Russia & the Former Soviet Union.
Buriats -- Social life and customs
Ethnic relations
Social change
Social conditions
Buri︠a︡tii︠a︡ (Russia) -- Social conditions
Siberia (Russia) -- Social conditions
Siberia (Russia) -- Ethnic relations
Russia (Federation) -- Buri︠a︡tii︠a︡
Russia (Federation) -- Siberia
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9789633860144