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Private Life and Communist Morality in Khrushchev’s Russia

Deborah A. Field

Drawing on previously inaccessible records, this book discusses love, sex, marriage, divorce, and child-rearing during Khrushchev’s «thaw» of the 1950s and early 1960s. It analyses the Soviet government’s attempts to supervise private life and enforce communist morality, and it describes the diverse ways in which people responded to official prescriptions. Written in a lively and accessible style, this book provides an innovative exploration of the interactions between Soviet ideology and everyday life.