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Cultivating the MassesModern State Practices and Soviet Socialism, 1914-1939$
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David L. Hoffmann

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801446290

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801446290.001.0001

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Cultivating the Masses

David L. Hoffmann

Cornell University Press

This book has discussed social welfare policies under Joseph Stalin's leadership and their connection to warfare. It has explained how social medicine enabled the state to launch a variety of public health initiatives, as well as adopt an environmentalist approach to maintaining the bodily well-being of the citizenry. It has examined Soviet reproductive policies that included the rejection of the eugenics movement and the construction of an essentialist gender order that nonetheless upheld women's place in the workforce. It has also considered the Soviet government's extensive use of surveillance and propaganda so as to monitor and influence people's thinking, along with state violence in an attempt to effect social transformation and ensure state security. The book argues that such state interventionist practices were intended to fashion a rational social order.

Keywords:   social welfare, Joseph Stalin, social medicine, public health, reproductive policies, eugenics movement, surveillance and propaganda, state violence, social transformation, state interventionist practices

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