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Tankograd: The Formation of a Soviet Company Town: Cheliabinsk, 1900s-1950s [Hardcover]

Lennart Samuelson

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26 July 2011
The once-closed town of Cheliabinsk in the Urals was nicknamed 'Tankograd' during World War Two. The dozens of new machine-building, metal and tractor factories established in the 1930s were swiftly prepared for conversion to arms production and Cheliabinsk became a major production site of the Soviet KV, IS and T-34 tanks. This book outlines a vast social, economic and political panorama that describes everyday life in a typical Soviet company town during the Stalin era. The socialist visions of the founders of the new cityscape in the early 1930s is contrasted with the dire conditions in the shanty townships on the outskirts of the city. The repression waves during the Great Terror 1937-8 are analyzed in their regional dimension, as well as the transformation of the historical memory after 1991.

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A broad social, economic and military historical panorama of the evolution of a typical Soviet company town, from the 1917 Revolution to the end of the Stalin era

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LENNART SAMUELSON has been doing Archival Research in Russia since the early 1990s. His publications include Plans for Stalin's War-Machine: Tukhachevskii and Military-Economic Planning, 1925-1941 and Stalin, NKVD and the Repressions, 1936-1938, co-authored with Vladimir Khaustov.

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