The Living & the Dead: The Rise and Fall of the Cult of World War II in Russia

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BasicBooks, 1994 - History - 242 pages
The second half of the book relates the poignant story of the cult's demise from 1990 onward, serving as a prism to refract the spectrum of popular responses to the breakup of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. To research the book, Tumarkin strolled with veterans in Gorky Park on Victory days, studied with Russian Army officers, and, with her own hands, unearthed the bones of some of the estimated two to three million Soviet soldiers killed in World War II but never properly buried.

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This book was a severe disappointment. I was expecting an analysis of (to quote the subtitle) "The Rise and Fall of the Cult of World War II in Russia"; there's some of that, but most of the book ... Read full review

THE LIVING AND THE DEAD: The Rise and Fall of the Cult of World War II in Russia

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It would seem hard to spoil a book about the impact of the German invasion on the Soviet Union in WW II, but Tumarkin nearly pulls it off. Tumarkin (History/Wellesley, Lenin Lives!, 1983) links a ... Read full review


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Nina Tumarkin is Professor of History at Wellesley College and a Fellow at the Russian Research Center at Harvard University.

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