Cover

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pp. 1-2

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 3-8

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xii

The title page indicates that I am the sole author of this book, but it has been a collaborative effort throughout. I have benefited in countless ways, both personal and professional, from the input of Sheila Fitzpatrick, Ron Suny, and Richard Hellie, my former mentors at the University of Chicago. ...

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Introduction: History of a Metaphor

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pp. 1-18

On March 5, 1953, the day Joseph Stalin died of a cerebral hemorrhage at his dacha on the outskirts of Moscow, few Soviet citizens could have imagined the stunning events that would follow. Within weeks of Stalin’s funeral, newspapers carried reports that prosecutors had dropped outlandish charges against a group of mostly Jewish doctors, ...

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1. History and Myth of the Arbat

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pp. 19-39

West of the Kremlin, beyond the leafy boulevard where the white stone wall of medieval Moscow once stood, is the Arbat, part of a centuries-old road between Moscow, Smolensk, and Warsaw. The Arbat stretches a kilometer southwest from Arbat Square, where the busy Novyi Arbat radial street intersects the quiet pedestrian paths on the Boulevard Circle, ...

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2. A Cult of Personality and a “Rhapsody in Blue”

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pp. 40-74

In 1895, the sisters Evgeniia and Mariia Gnesina, recent graduates of the Moscow Conservatory, opened a children’s music school a few blocks north of the Arbat on Gagarinskii Lane, near Sobachʹe Square. Their idea originated in the social circles of pre-revolutionary Arbat. ...

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3. Raining on Turandot

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pp. 75-104

Nostalgia for the 1920s was a central component of thaw culture. It was fueled by the generational schism that the previous chapter explored: cultural figures who felt complicit in the injustices of Stalinism naturally looked at the 1920s as a more innocent age, devoid of the moral complexities of the recent past and present. ...

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4. Remembering the Avant-garde

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pp. 105-140

In the early 1960s, bulldozers and wrecking cranes cleared a vast, kilometer-long corridor in the densely built alleys between Arbat Square in the east and the Moscow River in the west. By 1968, nine shiny glass and concrete skyscrapers, each more than twenty stories tall, lined the void that had been carved out of the Arbat neighborhood. ...

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5. Preserving the Past, Empowering the Public

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pp. 141-173

One of the most beloved casualties of the Novyi Arbat demolition was Sobachʹe Square, a small triangle created by the intersection of three lanes a few blocks north of Arbat Street. Before its destruction, Sobachʹe Square was the site of a nineteenth-century fountain commemorating the “Lord’s Dogs,” ...

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6. Dissidence and the End of the Thaw

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pp. 174-210

For more than a century, the building at 25a Vorovskii (Povarskaia) Street has been associated with a tragedy. Designed in the 1820s by the Ticinese architect Domenico Ghilardi, a protégé of the Russian master Matvei Kazakov, the building is a relic of the wealth that congregated in priarbat′e after the Napoleonic Wars. ...

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Conclusion: The Arbat and the Thaw

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pp. 211-220

The Arbat emerged from the thaw a very different place from what it had been fifteen years earlier. Its transformation was most evident in the Novyi Arbat project, which split the neighborhood in half, and whose skyscrapers cast long shadows over the low-rise, pre-revolutionary buildings that lined the narrow alleys north of the thoroughfare. ...

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 221-222

Index

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pp. 223-236