Soviet Alchemy: How the Stalinist Government Found Gold to Finance Industrialization

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Elena A. Osokina

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    Elena A. Osokina is a Professor of Russian History at the University of South Carolina (Columbia, United States). She received her PhD from the Department of History at Moscow University, Russia. Author of The Heavenly Blue of Angels’ Vestments: Soviet Export of Religious Art, 1920–1930s (Moscow: New Literary Observer, 2018, In Russian); Gold for Industrialization: Torgsin (Moscow: Rosspen, 2009, in Russian; also forthcoming in Chinese); Our Daily Bread: Socialist Distribution and the Art of Survival in Stalin’s Russia, 1927–1941 (Armonk, New York & London, England: M.E. Sharpe, 2001; also available in Russian and forthcoming in Italian), Hierarchy of Consumption. Life under the Stalinist Rationing System. 1928–1935. (Moscow: MGOU, 1993, in Russian), and numerous articles on Russian and Soviet history published in Russia, the United States, Canada, Italy, Germany, and France. Elena Osokina is a recipient of fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars (Washington, D.C., USA), National Endowment for the Humanities (United States), Fulbright (United States), the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), Hoover Institution (Stanford, United States), La Maison des Sciences de l'Homme (Paris, France), Davis Center for Russian Studies (Harvard University, USA), Aleksanteri Institute (Helsinki, Finland), and others. Elena Osokina taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Oberlin College, and Missouri State University, and internationally at the Donaueschingen Academy (on the invitation of the Council of Europe) and Leuphana Universität in Lüneburg (both in Germany).

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