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Author DeHaan, Heather D., 1974- author

Title Stalinist city planning : professionals, performance, and power / Heather D. DeHaan
Published Toronto ; Buffalo ; London : University of Toronto Press, [2013]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 255 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction : planners, performance, and power -- From Nizhnii to Gorky : setting the stage of socialism -- Visionary planning : confronting socio-material agencies -- From ivory tower to city street : building a new Nizhnii Novgorod, 1928-1935 -- Stalinist representation : iconographic vision, 1935-1938 -- Stalinism as stagecraft : the architecture of performance -- A city that builds itself : the limits of technocracy -- Performing socialism : connecting space to self -- Conclusion : living socialism in the shadow of the political
Summary "Based on research in previously closed Soviet archives, this book sheds light on the formative years of Soviet city planning and on state efforts to consolidate power through cityscape design. Stepping away from Moscow's central corridors of power, Heather D. DeHaan focuses her study on 1930s Nizhnii Novgorod, where planners struggled to accommodate the expectations of a Stalinizing state without sacrificing professional authority and power. Bridging institutional and cultural history, the book brings together a variety of elements of socialism as enacted by planners on a competitive urban stage, such as scientific debate, the crafting of symbolic landscapes, and state campaigns for the development of cultured cities and people. By examining how planners and other urban inhabitants experienced, lived, and struggled with socialism and Stalinism, DeHaan offers readers a much broader, more complex picture of planning and planners than has been revealed to date."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Stalin, Joseph, 1878-1953 -- Influence.
Architecture -- Political aspects -- Soviet Union -- History -- 20th century.
City planners -- Soviet Union -- History -- 20th century.
City planning -- Political aspects -- Soviet Union -- History -- 20th century.
City planning -- Soviet Union -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1442662409 (electronic bk.)
9781442662407 (electronic bk.)