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“NIGHTMARE OF CIVILIZATION”: EROSION OF THE NONPOLITICAL IN AKSYONOV’S GENERATIONS

Through its deliberate promotion of a “prophylactic” orthodoxy, its targeting and purging of non-Soviet identity, and its prerogative of bio-power, the Soviet party-state apparat, under the authority of Stalin, sought to erase the very boundaries between private and public life, between the personal and the political Continue reading

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SOVIET COMMUNION: THE QUEUE AS CONSUMER RITUAL

As fulfillment of Lenin’s covenant eroded, the procession – the ordered line, the queue – had become a regular ritual of profound, if not transcendent, import. Continue reading

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BEYOND THIS HALF OF THE SKY: WOMEN, GENDER, AND NATIONALISM IN MAY FOURTH ERA CHINA

It was the New Culture’s modernizing impulse that necessarily encouraged the development of a male-driven nationalist discourse with a female-oriented ethic. Continue reading

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“DAYDREAMING IDLY IN THE STUDY”: SHIFTING CAPITAL AND CONFUCIAN DISCONTENTS IN SUB-URBAN SHANXI, 1890-1942

A series of economic, political, and sociocultural shifts taking hold of late Qing China forced the lives of gentleman-scholars to an inflection point. Continue reading

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