Title Military Masculinity and Postwar Recovery in the Soviet Union
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Author Erica L. Fraser
ISBN 9781442637207
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Binding Hardbound
No of pages 272
Book size 165 x 235 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher University of Toronto Press
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Reviews:

"Military Masculinity and Postwar Recovery in the Soviet Union explores the crucial yet understudied question of how the Soviet Union sought to restore ideals of martial and scientific masculinity in the decades after the cataclysmic ‘Great Patriotic War.’ This compelling study will engage upper-level undergraduates and graduate students, as well as scholars in Russian studies, gender studies, and history of science.

Karen Petrone, Department of History, University of Kentucky

 

"By focusing on the reconstruction of the link between military service and masculinity after 1945, Fraser repeatedly proves that we cannot think about issues to do with masculinity in isolation – women also need to be a part of the picture. Compelling and detailed, this book deals with an aspect of Soviet society that is drastically under-researched with authority, and utilizes both a novel approach and source base in doing so."

Claire McCallum, Department of History, University of Exeter


Description:

Catastrophic wartime casualties and postwar discomfort with the successes of women who had served in combat roles combined to shatter prewar ideals about what service meant for Soviet masculine identity. The soldier had to be re-imagined and resold to a public that had just emerged from the Second World War, and a younger generation suspicious of state control. In doing so, Soviet military culture wrote women out and attempted to re-establish soldiering as the premier form of masculinity in society.

Military Masculinity and Postwar Recovery in the Soviet Union combines textual and visual analysis, as well as archival research to highlight the multiple narratives that contributed to rebuilding military identities. Each chapter visits a particular site of this reconstruction, including debates about conscription and evasion, appropriate role models for cadets, misogynist military imagery in cartoons, the fraught militarized workplaces of nuclear physicists, and the first cohort of cosmonauts, who represented the completion of the project to rebuild militarized masculinity.


Contents:

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

A Note on Transliteration

 

Introduction

 

Part One: Military Masculinity and the Postwar Armed Forces

Chapter 1: Conscripting Soviet Manhood

Chapter 2: Looking for Role Models in Education and Literature

 

Part Two: Military Masculinity outside the Armed Forces during the Early Cold War

Chapter 3: Gender and Militarism in Foreign Affairs Cartoons

Chapter 4: Telling Manly Stories about Nuclear Physics

Chapter 5: Military Masculinity and the Cosmonaut Brotherhood

Conclusion

 

Notes

Bibliography

Index


About the Author:

Erica L. Fraser is an instructor in the Department of History at Carleton University.


Target Audience:

People interested in gender. This compelling study will engage upper-level undergraduates and graduate students, as well as scholars in Russian studies, gender studies, and history of science.

 

 
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