Kyiv as Regime City

Kyiv as Regime City

The Return of Soviet Power after Nazi Occupation

Martin J. Blackwell


University of Rochester Press



Charts the resettlement of the Ukrainian capital after Nazi occupation and the returning Soviet rulers' efforts to retain political legitimacy.
Kyiv as Regime City charts the resettlement of the Ukrainian capital after Nazi occupation, focusing on the efforts of returning Soviet rulers to regain legitimacy within a Moscow-centered regime still attending to the war front. Beginning with the Ukrainian Communists' inability to both purge their capital city of "socially dangerous" people and prevent the arrival of "unorganized" evacuees from the rear, this book chronicles how a socially and ethnically diverse milieu of Kyivans reassembled after many years of violence and terror.

While the Ukrainian Communists successfully guarded entry into their privileged, elite ranks and monitored the masses' mood toward their superiors in Moscow, the party failed to conscript a labor force and rebuild housing, leading the Stalin regime to adopt new tactics to legitimize itself among the large Ukrainian and Jewish populations who once again called the city home. Drawing on sources from the once-closed central, regional, and local archives of the former Soviet Union, this study is essential reading for those seeking to understand how the Kremlin reestablished its power in Kyiv, consolidating its regime as the Cold War with the United States began.

Martin J. Blackwell is associate professor of history at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega.


July 2016
18 black and white illustrations
256 pages
9x6 in
Rochester Studies in East and Central Europe
ISBN: 9781580465588
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
University of Rochester Press
BISAC HIS032000, HIS027100, HIS022000
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Table of Contents

"The Capital Is Being Settled All Over Again": Resettlement from Fall 1943 to Fall 1944
"There Was No Real Battle against Illegal Entry": Resettlement from Fall 1944 to Fall 1946
"People Are Going for the Party Who Are Forcing Us to Be Justifiably Careful": The Reassembled Elite
"A Textual Implementation of the Law . . . Was Not Carried Out": The Reassembled Masses
"The State's Dignity Is Higher Than His Own Dignity": The Relegitimization of Soviet Power
"Tashkent Partisans" and "German Bitches": Relationships with Soviet Power

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