When Ukraine ruled Russia [electronic resource] : regionalism and nomenklatura politics after Stalin, 1944-1990
- Orysia Maria Kulick.
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- This dissertation is a study of regional elites in postwar, post-Stalin Soviet Ukraine, focusing on local bureaucracies in Kyiv, Lviv and Dnipropetrovsk, and the personal networks that shaped Soviet Ukrainian relations with the Kremlin. It is one of the first in-depth, archival monographs on the post-Stalin Soviet elite. It incorporates biography and memoir to shed light on the informal connections among elites, as well as their interactions, codes of conduct, and forms of civility within a power structure that was decidedly uncivil. I examine the issues of housing and defense in Dnipropetrovsk, illicit trading and agricultural reform in Lviv, and the Brezhnev-era culture wars in Kyiv in order to better understand the forces influencing the interactions between the party, the KGB, and the state with Soviet Ukraine's "unofficial official world" of factory directors and local powerbrokers. In Kyiv, I also focus on the transformation of Ukraine's top leadership and the efforts they made to expand the republic's political and economic autonomy within the Soviet system and internationally. In doing so, I am able to show how Ukrainian regional elites contributed to the emergent postwar socio-political order and reshaped politics and grographies of power in the Soviet Union. I also show how socialist legality reframed citizen claims for greater equity and justice during these crucial transformations.
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- Submitted to the Department of History.
- Thesis (Ph.D.)--Stanford University, 2017.
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