Lewis H. Siegelbaum


On his book Cars for Comrades: The Life of the Soviet Automobile

Cover Interview of August 02, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“The Soviet automobile adapted to Soviet circumstances as much as it provoked adaptation.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Contrary to Cold War-era assertions, the Soviet automobile industry was neither entirely dependent on nor completely autonomous from western technological developments.”

On the second:

“Soviet socialism exchanged the possibility of an alternative modernity for one much more entangled with the material culture of the western world.”