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Russian Research Center Studies 88


Governing the Socialist Metropolis

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ISBN 9780674283725

Publication Date: 01/03/1996

939 pages

41 maps, 64 halftones, 11 line illustrations

Belknap Press

Russian Research Center Studies


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  • Introduction
  • Frontier Town into Metropolis
    • Rude Origins
    • Modern Moscow
    • The Partial Modernization of Local Institutions
    • The Revolutionary Alternative
  • Red Moscow
    • 1917
    • Dilemmas of Power
    • Urban Policy under War Communism
    • Governing the Garrison
  • From Reurbanization to Hyperurbanization
    • The Urban NEP
    • Casting the Institutional Die
    • Feeling the Approach of Socialism
    • Factory of Plans
  • Stalin’s Moscow
    • Socialist Reconstruction
    • Power Play
    • Governance in the Stalinist Manner
    • The Two Cities
  • The Limits of De-Stalinization
    • Khrushchev: Moscow for the Masses
    • Brezhnev: Less of the Same
    • Command Government Perpetuated
    • Moscow and the Hydra State
  • The Politics of Basic Needs and of Urban Amenity
    • Planning for Metropolitan Development
    • Housing
    • A City for All Hours of the Day
    • Environmental Concerns
  • The Mold Shattered
    • The Change to Change
    • The Democratic Impulse
    • A Stunning Election
    • Exit the Partocracy
  • Toward a Post-Socialist Metropolis
    • The Minefield of Democratic Consolidation
    • Reinventing Metropolitan Institutions
    • Urban Development after Socialism
    • Making a Civic Community
  • Appendix: The Population of Moscow
  • Appendix: Composition and Administrative Structure of the Municipal and Communist Party Organs of Soviet Moscow
  • Appendix: Careers of Municipal and Communist Party Officials in Soviet Moscow
  • Appendix: Housing Construction and Supply in Soviet Moscow
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
  • Figures
    • Kremlin, c. 1880
    • Chudov Monastery, c. 1880
    • Assumption Cathedral, c. 1880
    • St. Basil’s Cathedral, c. 1880
    • Simonov Monastery, c. 1925
    • Sukharev Tower, c. 1880
    • Red Gates, c. 1880
    • Cathedral of Christ the Redeemer, c. 1885
    • Bol’shoi Theater, c. 1880
    • Flophouse in Khitrov Market, c. 1900
    • Rally welcoming Bolshevik government to Moscow, March 1918
    • Liberty Obelisk and Moscow Soviet building, c. 1925
    • Boris Sakulin’s regional plan, 1918
    • May Day subbotnik in Kremlin, 1920
    • Members of Moscow Soviet leaving for Civil War front, 1919
    • Sukharevskii Market, 1925
    • Homeless children, early 1920s
    • Restoration of Golitsyn villa, 1925
    • Workers’ housing at Usachevka, 1930
    • Government House residence on Moskva River
    • Kremlin infirmary, ulitsa Vozdvizhenka
    • Lenin Mausoleum, lineup on anniversary of Lenin’s death, 1931
    • Rusakov Club
    • Izvestiya newspaper building
    • Commune house on Khavskaya ulitsa, 1930
    • Aleksei Shchusev’s New Moscow plan, 1925
    • Greater Moscow plan, by Sergei Shestakov, 192S
    • Nikolai Ladovskii’s “dynamic city,” 1930
    • Moscow and “workers’ colonies,” by German Krasin, 1930
    • Sketch by G. B. Puzis, 1930
    • Pantaleimon Golosov’s labile planning concept, 1930
    • Stanislav Strumilin’s proposal for a decentralized Moscow, 1930
    • Le Corbusier’s radical vision of Moscow, 1930
    • Underground workers building the first segment of the subway, 1934
    • Architects’ rendering of the Palace of Soviets and surrounding area
    • Cathedral of Christ the Redeemer during removal of cladding, 1931
    • Official rally at site of demolished cathedral, early 1932
    • Tearing down Kitaigorod Wall, 1934
    • Planning sketch by V. B. Kratyuk, 1932
    • Ernst May’s image of Moscow and outlying “city collectives,” 1932
    • Moscow and environs as a “system of cities,” by Hannes Meyer, 1932
    • Moscow master plan of 1935
    • Revolution Day march, November 1934
    • Secret burial ground for victims of the terror of the 1930s at Novospasskii Monastery
    • Joseph Stalin with Politburo members marking a map of Moscow region, late 1940s
    • “Tall building” at ploshchad’ Vosstaniya, under construction, 1952
    • “Tall building” on Kotel’nicheskaya naberezhnaya
    • Elite apartment house, Kutuzovskii prospekt
    • Workers’ barracks, First State Ballbearing Works, 1933
    • Moskva swimming pool in foundation of Palace of Soviets, 1988
    • The reinforced-concrete frontier: Novyye Cheremushki, 1961
    • Ground plan of the Ninth Experimental Block of Novyye Cheremushki
    • Prospekt Kalinina
    • Russian White House
    • Novokirovskii prospekt
    • Nikita Khrushchev inspecting Moscow site plans at a sculptor’s studio, May 1963
    • Moscow master plan of 1971
    • The eight planning zones of the 1971 master plan
    • Changing dimensions of typical three-room Moscow apartment, 1950s to 1980s
    • Bibirevo housing district, northern Moscow
    • Krylatskoye housing district, western Moscow
    • Elite housing project, Profsoyuznaya ulitsa
    • Natan Osterman’s House for the New Way of Life
    • Severnoye Chertanovo in 1988
    • Smokestack and cooling towers of a district thermopower station
    • Church of the Conception of St. Anne and Rossiya Hotel
    • Rebuilt Triumphal Gates
    • Unfinished All-Union Victory Monument in 1993
    • Shcherbakov Mansion, 1988
    • Newly elected leadership of the Moscow Soviet under bust of Lenin, May 1990
    • Dismounting of Dzerzhinskii statue in front of Lubyanka, August 1991
    • McDonald’s office building, Gazetnyi pereulok
    • Shoppers and private trading stalls near Kiev Station, 1993
    • Unratified draft master plan, 1989
    • Rebuilt Kazan Cathedral

Awards & Accolades

  • 1995 Association of American Publishers Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division Best New Book in Government and Political Science

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