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Architecture in the Age of Stalin: Culture Two (Cambridge Studies in New Art History and Criticism) Paperback – June 16, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0521292603 ISBN-10: 0521292603 Edition: Reissue

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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Studies in New Art History and Criticism
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Reissue edition (June 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521292603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521292603
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.8 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,562,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...thought-provoking...Paperny writes with a boldness and self-assurance that is refreshing and innovative." The Russian Review

"...if one desires to ponder how Stalinism came to dominate the world of the Soviet Union and is willing to permit the author a certain degree of space to construct his poetry, then Paperny is likely to provoke significant questions regarding the nature of cultural change and continuity." American Historical Review

"The book is engaging and perceptive." Choice

"...consistently fascinating...a valuable and evocative work...a must read for scholars of Soviet culture." - Canadian Journal of History, Scott W. Palmer, Western Illinois University

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Paperny examines the evolution of architecture in Russia during the Stalinist period. Defining two conflicting trends -- Culture One and Culture Two -- that have alternately prevailed in Russian culture, the author argues that the shift away from the architectural avant-garde of the 1920s was not entirely the result of Stalin's will. Rather, he demonstrates how the aesthetic choices of Stalin and his architects were conditioned by the prevailing cultural mechanisms of the 1930s and 40s. Combining academic precision with engaging narrative, Paperny leads the reader through the remarkable trajectory of architectural and cultural transformation that marked a pivotal moment of Russia's history.

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A very smart book with interesting comparissons, great photographs, documents research, references and a fresh take on the Soviet architecture.
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I actually had the pleasure of reading this book while taking a course with Vladimir Paperny himself at UCLA. The content is very attention grabbing, and interesting, in contrast to many historical books that tend to be very dry. I would suggest this book to anyone who has an interest in Russian Society, especially during the communist era. I am so happy I was able to ask him to sign it for me!
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