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Children's World: Growing up in Russia, 1890-1991

by Catriona Kelly

Expands on this era and shifts the focus with a powerful thoroughness and thoughtfulness. As an undertone, Kelly highlights a fundamental hypocrisy of the Soviet state, which celebrated a “glorious childhood” but often neglected children’s real needs, hid inconvenient orphans in impersonal institutions, and slaughtered children wholesale in famines and civil war. But that theme is not overbearing. For this massive tome is rich in detail about everything from child authors to orphanages, to folklore and television. If it impacted children’s lives during the Soviet era, it is in here.

— Paul E. Richardson

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Reviewed in Russian Life: Mar/Apr 2008