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Dina Fainberg is assistant professor of East European studies at the University of Amsterdam.
Artemy M. Kalinovsky is assistant professor of East European studies at the University of Amsterdam.
Introduction: Stagnation and its Discontents, Artemy M. Kalinovsky and Dina Fainberg
Part I: Ideology between Public and Private Spheres
Chapter 1: Consumers as Citizens: Revisiting the Question of Public Disengagement in the Brezhnev era, Natalya Chernyshova
Chapter 2: The Life and Death of Brezhnev’s Thaw: Changing Values in Soviet Journalism after Khrushchev, 1964–1968, Simon Huxtable
Chapter 3: People on the Move during the “Era of Stagnation”: The Rural Exodus in the RSFSR during the 1960s–80s, Lewis H. Siegelbaum
Chapter 4: Brezhnev’s “Little Freedoms”: Tourism, Individuality, and Mobility in the Late Soviet Period, Christian Noack
Chapter 5: Everything Was over before It Was No More: Decaying Civilization in Late Stagnation Cinema, Andrey Shcherbenok
Part II: The Soviet Union and the West: Exchange, Imagination, and Competition
Chapter 6: Stagnation or Not? The Brezhnev leadership and the East-West Interaction, Sari Autio-Sarasmo
Chapter 7: Stagnant Science? The Planning and Coordination of Biomedical Research in the Brezhnev Era, Anna Geltzer
Chapter 8: If You're Going to Moscow, Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair (and Bring a Bottle of Port Wine in Your Pocket) the Soviet Hippie "Sistema" and Its Life in, despite and With "Stagnation," Juliane Fürst
Chapter 9: Norton Dodge in Lianozovo: Transnational Collaboration and the Making of the Unofficial Soviet Artist, Courtney Doucette
Chapter 10: Changing Dynamics: From International Exchanges to Transnational Musical Networks, Simo Mikkonen
This is a welcome addition to the body of literature reexamining the Brezhnev era. It portrays an engaged citizenry in dialog with public institutions and a state still capable of innovation from science to foreign affairs.
— Peter Rutland, Wesleyan University
Long disregarded as merely an interim and an ‘era of stagnation,’ the Brezhnev years were the second longest period and one of the most consequential times in Soviet history. Its legacies are still evident in Russia today. Reconsidering Stagnation in the Brezhnev Era, which transcends preceding scholarship on those years, is a much needed revisionist book of new information, approaches, and interpretations. Subjects range from high politics, economics, and society to culture, from private lives to public policy, and the collection includes an excellent introductory overview by Dina Fainberg and Artemy Kalinovsky. Reconsidering Stagnation in the Brezhnev Era is an important contribution to our understanding both of Soviet and post-Soviet history.
— Stephen F. Cohen, Princeton University and New York University
This rich new literature on the Soviet “stagnation” era’s cultural, social, and political life has gained a renewed relevance as we live through the decline of US exceptionalism and the refusal of recent US, European, and Russian politics to conform to the confident expectations of Cold War triumphalism.
— Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History