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Technology and Culture
In this exemplary volume, edited by noted Soviet historian Lewis Siegelbaum, the seemingly narrow topic of automobility in the Eastern Bloc becomes a window into aspects of history as varied as factory production, Communist Party politics, urban planning, and the domestic lives of women. Like most edited volumes, there are stronger and weaker chapters, but taken as a whole the collection is much more than just a sum of its parts. The everyday experiences of European socialism really come alive in these pages as the singular attention on the car allows the era's larger social, economic, and political issues to be highlighted and interrogated in multiple, convincing ways.
The Society for the History of Technology
Zarecor, Kimberly E., "Book Review: The Socialist Car: Automobility in the Eastern Bloc. Edited by Lewis H. Siegelbaum. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2011." (2013). Architecture Publications. 13.