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Wartime Suffering and Survival – The Human Condition under Siege in the Blockade of Leningrad, 1941-1944 - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Wartime Suffering and Survival: The Human Condition under Siege in the Blockade of Leningrad, 1941-1944

Jeffrey K. Hass

Abstract

This book explores how people survive in the face of incredible odds. When our backs are against the wall, what are our interests, identities, and practices? When are we self-centered, empathetic, altruistic, or ambivalent? How much agency do the desperate have—or want? Such was the situation in the Blockade of Leningrad, nearly 900 days from 1941 to 1944, in which over one million civilians died—but more survived due to gumption and creativity. How did they survive, and how did survival reinforce or reshape identities, practices, and relations under Stalin? Using diaries, recollections, polic ... More

Keywords: Russia, Soviet Union, Blockade of Leningrad, World War II, survival, social fields, gender, class, death

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197514276
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197514276.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey K. Hass, author
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, University of Richmond