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Replacing the dead, the politics of reproduction in the postwar Soviet Union, Mie Nakachi

In 1955, the Soviet Union became the first country in the world to re-legalise abortion on the principle of women's rights to abortion. How could this happen in Stalinist society which prohibited feminist movements? 'Replacing the Dead' finds an answer in previously secret archives that document the difficult decade after World War II, which killed 27 million Soviet citizens and the government's policy to increase fertility by promoting out-of-wedlock births. The result was an abortion battle between women, government, and Soviet legal and medical professionals that has continued for decades
Table Of Contents
The Patronymic of Her Choice: Nikita S. Khrushchev and Postwar Pronatalist Policy -- Abortion Surveillance and Women's Medicine -- Postwar Marriage and Divorce: The New Single Mother and Her "Fatherless" Children -- Who is Responsible for Abortions?: Demographic Politics and Postwar Studies of Abortion -- Women's Reproductive Right and the 1955 Re-legalization of Abortion -- Beyond Replacing the Dead: Women's Welfare and the End of the Soviet Union -- Epilogue: Reviving Pronatalism in Post-Socialist Russia
Literary Form
non fiction
Also issued in print: 2021
Physical Description
1 online resource (348 pages).
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