The daily life of the population in the second half of the 1940s - 1950s (by the memories of residents of Karelia)

Author(s):  L.I.Vavulinskaja, candidate of Sciences, no, Institute of Language, Literature and History, Karelian Research Centre, Petrozavodsk, Russia,

Issue:  Volume 46, № 4

Rubric:  Topical issues of russian history

Annotation:  The realities of daily life in Karelia in post-war years, people’s perceptions of certain events in history, reflections on challenging life circumstances, interpersonal relationships during the period of transition fr om war to peace based on recollections by residents of Karelia and documents from the Republic of Karelia National Archives are demonstrated. Special focus is on the housing and food issues, the various ways people of the republic employed to adapt to the social and living conditions. The challenges of being a child in post-war time, the role of the school in upbringing are highlighted. Leisure-time arrangements for children and adults, the position occupied by sociocultural factors in the value system of people are shown. Relationships between people, wh ere key aspects were the sense of obligation and mutual aid, are considered. It is argued that remodeling of post-war daily realities relying on recollections of residents of the republic widens the opportunities for reproducing the details of both the material dimension of life and people’s emotions and sentiments.

Keywords:  Karelia, recollections, post-war daily life, household routines, housing and food issues, leisure-time activities, childhood.

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DOI:  10.18413/2075-4458-2019-46-4-744-753

Reference to article:  Vavulinskaya L.I. 2019. The daily life of the population in the second half of the 1940s – 1950s (by the memories of residents of Karelia). Belgorod State University Scientific Bulletin. History. Political Science, 46(4): 744–753 (in Russian). DOI 10.18413/2075-4458-2019-46-4-744-753