Funeral Industry in the 1920s: Soviet New Life in Context Western Urbanism

Gigolaeva E.V.


Soviet power withdrew from the jurisdiction of the Orthodox Church almost all activities related to the funeral in the 1918. The main historiography connects changes in the funeral sphere with attempts to create a new person and a new life. At the same time, in the West, the revolution in town-planning policy took place, specifically in the funeral industry. The topography of big soviet cities started to change and the expansion of some old cemeteries could disturb the road laying and the water supply system. Therefore, a question of the construction of new cemeteries, and also of the first crematorium, was raised.


urbanism; death studies; cremation; everyday life; New economic policy.

DOI: 10.31249/rsm/2019.02.12

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