Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

Department

History

Abstract

This thesis provides a comprehensive view of the daily lives of the Soviet Proletariat in the 1920s and 1930s. Both negative and positive outcomes of the policies implemented during this period are discussed regarding the growth and experiences of the working class. The discipline of everyday life history is explored and applied to this socioeconomic group. Work, education, home life, family structure, gender roles, and standard of living are the main subsets of daily life examined in this thesis. The research presented here concludes that the Soviet Communist Party considered itself an urban vanguard creating a proletarian serving state and would maintain this narrative regardless of its contradictory policies. Due to difficult living conditions, the proletariat was an incredibly resourceful and enduring population that valued its culture and traditions.

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