Wilson Center Experts

Mauricio Borrero

Short-Term Grant
Kennan Institute

Russia and Eurasia
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, Indiana University
Wilson Center Project(s):
Hungry Moscow: Scarcity, Survival and Urban Society in the Russian Civil War
Jul 01, 1997
Aug 01, 1997

Project Summary

Assessment of the impact of the chronic food shortages of the revolutionary era on the city of Moscow by examining the survival strategies devised by urban residents to alleviate hunger. The process of contention and negotiation that lay behind the daily struggle for bread contributed to shaping urban society in early Soviet Russia. For example, the ability to trade on the black market or to obtain preferential treatment from the government helped determine survival and status in the early Soviet years; a pattern that held true throughout the Soviet era. Rationing; smuggling; public dining; black market