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By Nigel Raab

Earthquakes, nuclear injuries, and floods have been among the unforeseen tragedies that struck the Soviet Union over its heritage. Requiring the fast mobilization of substantial assets and relief, and embedded inside of a particular context and time, those catastrophes offer serious insights into the character of the twentieth-century Communist state.

All Shook Up takes a detailed examine the illustration in movie, the political repercussions, and the social possibilities of large-scale catastrophes in separate Soviet epochs, together with the 1927 earthquake within the Crimean peninsula, the 1948 earthquake in Ashgabat, the Tashkent earthquake in 1966, the Chernobyl explosion in 1986, and the Armenian earthquake in 1988. Juxtaposing a number of catastrophe responses and demonstrating the methods either Soviet gurus and voters molded them to their very own cultural wishes, Nigel Raab highlights the unconventional shifts in catastrophe coverage from one chief to the subsequent. Given the chance to behave outdoors usual parameters, Soviet citizens not just rebuilt their devastated towns, but in addition experimented with new values and crafted their very own worldview whereas the country struggled to come back the placement to normal.

Based on archival learn performed in Russia and Ukraine, All Shook Up fills a spot in a world literature and demanding situations stereotypical representations of the Soviet Union as a monolithic state.

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