Tiny Revolutions in Russia: Twentieth Century Soviet and Russian History in Anecdotes and Jokes (Routledge Studies in the History of Russia and Eastern Europe)

Tiny Revolutions in Russia: Twentieth Century Soviet and Russian History in Anecdotes and Jokes (Routledge Studies in the History of Russia and Eastern Europe)

ISBN10: 0415444071
ISBN13: 978-0415444071
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Title: Tiny Revolutions in Russia: Twentieth Century Soviet and Russian History in Anecdotes and Jokes (Routledge Studies in the History of Russia and Eastern Europe)
Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (July 27, 2007)
Language: English
Size ePub: 1508 kb
Size PDF: 1713 kb
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Pages: 184 pages
Subcategory: Humanities

Tiny Revolutions in Russia: Twentieth Century Soviet and Russian History in Anecdotes and Jokes (Routledge Studies in the History of Russia and Eastern Europe)



This book presents a large collection of anecdotes and jokes from different periods of the twentieth century to provide an unusual perspective on Soviet and Russian history. Anecdotes and jokes were a hidden form of discursive communication in the Soviet era, lampooning official practices and acting as a confidential form of self-affirmation. They were not necessarily anti-Soviet, by their very nature both criticising existing reality and acting as a form of acquiescence. Above all they provide invaluable insights into everyday life, and the attitudes and concerns of ordinary people. The book also includes anecdotes and jokes from the post-Soviet period, when ordinary people in Russia continued to have to cope with rather grim reality, and the compiler provides extensive introductory and explanatory matter to set the anecdotes and jokes in context.

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