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Socialist Spaces: Sites of Everyday Life in the Eastern Bloc


In late 1949 city officials stretched a banner that read 'SEVASTOPOLIANS! What have you done for the restoration of your hometown' across one of the most heavily travelled streets in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol. It spoke volumes about the city and its transformation during the five years after liberation from a two-year Nazi occupation. To the social, psychological and physical damage caused by revolution, civil war, collectivization, industrialization and purges, war scars added one more trauma. When, after the war, the regime asked how it could repair the damage, it found the answer in urban reconstruction.


Published as:

Qualls, Karl D. “Accommodation and Agitation in Sevastopol: Redefining Socialist Space in the Postwar ‘City of Glory’.” In Socialist Spaces: Sites of Everyday Life in the Eastern Bloc, edited by David Crowley and Susan Reid, 23-45. Oxford: Berg, 2002.

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