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Author Filtzer, Donald A
Title The hazards of urban life in late Stalinist Russia : health, hygiene, and living standards, 1943-1953 / Donald Filtzer
Imprint New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010
book jacket
 Modern History Library  363.720947 F489    AVAILABLE    30550100479623
Descript xxx, 379 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 354-365) and index
"This is the first detailed study of the standard of living of ordinary Russians following World War II. It examines urban living conditions under the Stalinist regime with a focus on the key issues of sanitation, access to safe water supplies, personal hygiene and anti-epidemic controls, diet and nutrition, and infant mortality. Comparing five key industrial regions, it shows that living conditions still lagged some fifty years behind Western European norms. Yet, despite this, the book reveals that the years preceding Stalin's death saw dramatic improvements in mortality rates thanks to the application of rigorous public health controls and Western medical innovations. While tracing these changes, the book also analyzes the impact that the absence of an adequate urban infrastructure had on peoples' daily lives and on the relationship between the Stalinist regime and the Russian people and, finally, how the Soviet experience compared to that of earlier industrializing societies"--Provided by publisher
Machine generated contents note: Introduction; 1. The impossible task: keeping cities clean; 2. Water; 3. Personal hygiene and epidemic control; 4. Diet and nutrition: the 1947 food crisis and its aftermath; 5. Infant mortality; Conclusion
Subject Quality of life -- Soviet Union
Urban health -- Soviet Union
Urban sanitation -- Soviet Union
Medical policy -- Soviet Union
Hygiene -- Soviet Union
City and town life -- Soviet Union
Industrialization -- Health aspects -- Soviet Union
Soviet Union -- Social conditions
Soviet Union -- History -- 1925-1953
Urban Health -- history -- USSR -- Statistics
Communicable Disease Control -- history -- USSR -- Statistics
Diet -- history -- USSR -- Statistics
History, 20th Century -- USSR -- Statistics
Sanitation -- history -- USSR -- Statistics
Water Supply -- history -- USSR -- Statistics
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