A Researcher's Guide to Sources on Soviet Social History in by Sheila Fitzpatrick, Lynne Viola

By Sheila Fitzpatrick, Lynne Viola

The Stalin period has been much less obtainable to researchers than both the previous decade or the postwar period. the fundamental challenge is that in the Stalin years censorship limited the gathering and dissemination of data (and brought bias and distortion into the records that have been published), whereas within the post-Stalin years entry to documents and libraries remained tightly managed. therefore it isn't magnificent that one of many major manifestations of glasnost has been the trouble to open up files of the Nineteen Thirties. during this quantity Western and Soviet experts element the untapped power of resources in this interval of Soviet social heritage and in addition the hidden traps that abound. the entire variety of resources is roofed, from memoirs to reliable files, from urban directories to automated info bases.

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