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Political Humor under Stalin
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"Political Humor under Stalin" is an anthology of jokes, wisecracks, and satire from the Soviet 1930s and 40s that provides a glimpse of everyday dissembling and dissent in one of the modern world s most repressive societies. More than merely a joke book, it offers no less than a folkloric counter-narrative to the official history of the USSR, as well as a ground-breaking discussion of the culture of joke-telling under Stalin.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Terms and Acronyms
  2. p. xi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-26
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  1. Unofficial Jokes and Anecdotes of the Stalin Era
  2. pp. 27-28
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  1. The Revolution, Civil War and "War Communism"
  2. pp. 29-34
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  1. The New Economic Policy
  2. pp. 35-50
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  1. Stalin's Revolution from Above
  2. pp. 51-62
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  1. Collectivization
  2. pp. 63-74
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  1. Industrialization
  2. pp. 75-86
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  1. Everyday Life
  2. pp. 87-106
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  1. The Great Terror
  2. pp. 107-120
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  1. Storm Clouds Gather
  2. pp. 121-132
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  1. The Great Patriotic War
  2. pp. 133-138
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  1. The Early Postwar Years
  2. pp. 139-144
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  1. Appendix: Jokes from the Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System
  2. pp. 145-158
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  1. Back Cover
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