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Author Ruder, Cynthia Ann, 1956- author.

Title Building Stalinism : the Moscow Canal and the creation of Soviet space / Cynthia A. Ruder
Published London : I.B. Tauris, 2018


Description 1 online resource (xxii, 330 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color)
Series Library of modern russia ; [2]
Library of modern Russia ; 2.
Contents Introduction surveying the site: historical framework and spatial parameters -- Water as power: real and imagined -- How the gulag built the Moscow Canal -- Creating metaphorical and ideological space: cultural production and the Moscow Canal -- Monuments, monumentality, and memory: forgetting and remembering -- The present and future of the Moscow Canal
Summary Today, the 80-mile long Moscow Canal is a source of leisure for Muscovites, a conduit for tourists and provides the city with more than 60% of its potable water. Yet the past looms heavy over these quotidian activities: the canal was built by Gulag inmates at the height of Stalinism and thousands died in the process. In this wide-ranging book, Cynthia Ruder argues that the construction of the canal physically manifests Stalinist ideology and that the vertical, horizontal, underwater, ideological, artistic, and metaphorical spaces created by it resonate with the desire of the state to dominate all space within and outside the Soviet Union. Ruder draws on theoretical constructs from cultural geography and spatial studies to interpret and contextualize a variety of structural and cultural products dedicated to, and in praise of, this signature Stalinist construction project. Approached through an extensive range of archival sources, personal interviews, and contemporary documentary materials, these include a diverse body of artefacts - from waterways, structures, paintings, sculptures, literary, and documentary works, and the Gulag itself. Building Stalinism concludes by analyzing current efforts to reclaim the legacy of the canal as a memorial space that ensures that those who suffered and died building it are remembered. Essential reading for all scholars working on the all-pervasive nature of Stalinism and its complex afterlife in Russia today. -- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from resource home page (EbscoHost, viewed June 9, 2020)
Subject Stalin, Joseph, 1878-1953 -- Political and social views
Stalin, Joseph, 1878-1953
Forced labor -- Soviet Union -- History
HISTORY -- Europe -- Eastern.
HISTORY -- Europe -- Former Soviet Republics.
HISTORY -- Europe -- Russia & the Former Soviet Union.
Forced labor
Political and social views
Soviet Union -- History -- 1925-1953.
Moscow Canal (Russia) -- History -- 20th century
Russia (Federation) -- Moscow Canal
Soviet Union
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781786723567