By Steven E. Harris
This interesting and deeply researched ebook examines how, starting less than Khrushchev in 1953, a iteration of Soviet voters moved from the overcrowded communal dwellings of the Stalin period to fashionable single-family residences, later dubbed khrushchevka. Arguing that relocating to a separate condo allowed traditional city dwellers to event Khrushchev’s thaw, Steven E. Harris essentially shifts interpretation of the thaw, conventionally understood as an elite phenomenon.
Harris makes a speciality of the numerous members wanting to reap the benefits of and effect the recent lifestyle embodied via the khrushchevka, its furnishings, and its linked purchaser items. He examines actions of nationwide and native politicians, planners, firm managers, employees, furnishings designers and designers, elite businesses (centrally interested by developing cooperative housing), and usual city dwellers. Communism on the next day road additionally demonstrates the connection of Soviet mass housing and concrete making plans to foreign efforts at resolving the «housing query» that were studied because the 19th century and ended in housing advancements in Western Europe, the U.S., and Latin the US in addition to the USSR.
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Such proposals were not ends in themselves, as was true for some social reformers. " The program called for the "inviolability of the person and dwelling," which would appear to call for securing a person's privacy from the prying eyes of the state or moralizing employers. " In State and Revolution (1917), Lenin further interpreted Engels's The Housing Question to explain what the Bolsheviks were supposed to do with housing in the midst of revolution. As stated previously, Engels argued that socialist and bourgeois reformers were mistaken to believe that they could resolve the social question by solving the housing question first.
In the prison, government officials wanted to give inmates just enough air to live. But their wish to isolate prisoners individually spoke to a broader concern for social control. " In late Imperial Russia, health professionals and refoimers adopted a similar approach, which included studies on the existing dimensions and densities of housing, their social effects, and recommendations for minimum standards. " Max von Pettenkofer, whose role in shaping the housing question we have already seen, was particularly influential.
S. government was perhaps the most eager to extricate itself from the nation's housing construction picture. Federal efforts to construct public housing during the war for workers in war services industries produced only 16,000 homes throughout the country. 66 In sum, state intervention in housing during and after World War I increased in most combatant states in ways that left the fundamental pillars of private property and civil society intact. 67 Governments even built some state housing to increase the urban housing stock for low-income residents but did not supplant the private building sector.