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Soviet Veterans of World War IIA Popular Movement in an Authoritarian Society, 1941-1991$
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Mark Edele

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199237562

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237562.001.0001

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Welcome to Normalcy

Welcome to Normalcy

(p.39) 2 Welcome to Normalcy
Soviet Veterans of World War II

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Upon their return, veterans had to deal with an underdeveloped and overburdened but nevertheless unavoidable state bureaucracy: ‘Stalinist normalcy’. This chapter describes and analyses both the problems veterans encountered in their dealing with the bureaucrats, the structural origin of these problems, and the ways in which returned soldiers tried to get what they wanted or needed. The chapter is, thus, an investigation into a central aspect of Soviet everyday life: interactions with the state. It shows that only through active and stubborn individual lobbying through letters of complaints or supplication in person could veterans (with some luck) receive what they needed––and in some cases much more than that.

Keywords:   bureaucracy, normalcy, problems, everyday, state, lobbying, complaints, supplication

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