Kyiv as Regime City

July 2016
18 black and white illustrations
256 pages
9x6 in
Rochester Studies in East and Central Europe
Library eBook
University of Rochester Press
BISAC HIS032000, HIS027100, HIS022000

Kyiv as Regime City

The Return of Soviet Power after Nazi Occupation

Martin J. Blackwell

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.

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


An excellent source of information on the rich and complex period at wars end, and will be interesting to scholars of Soviet history, Ukrainian and Jewish history, and urban history as well. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW

Well-written, accessible to scholars and general readers alike, with a balanced, logical structure, advancing compelling arguments substantiated by the wealth of archival sources, the book is a wellcome addition to the historiography of the postwar Soviet Union. AB IMPERIO

[Blackwell's] use of Kyivan archival material is impressive...scholars interested in the history of Kyiv and the Great Patriotic War will find this work extremely valuable. THE RUSSIAN REVIEW

Blackwell's useful monograph is a tightly knit examination of multiethnic Kyiv between November 6, 1943 and early 1947. SLAVIC REVIEW

Also in Series

Related Titles