A Dream Deferred

New Studies in Russian and Soviet Labour History

by Donald Filtzer (Volume editor) Wendy Z. Goldman (Volume editor) Gijs Kessler (Volume editor) Simon Pirani (Volume editor)
©2009 Edited Collection 512 Pages


This volume brings together the latest work in Russian labour history, based on exciting materials from previously closed archives and collections. Sixteen essays, focusing on peasants and workers, explore the lives and struggles of working people. Ranging over a century of dramatic upheaval, from the late 1800s to the present, the essays are organized around three broad themes: workers’ politics, incentives and coercion within industrial and rural workplaces, and household strategies. The volume explores the relationship between the peasantry and the working class, a nexus that has been central to state policy, oppositional politics, economic development, and household configuration. It profiles a working class rent by divisions and defined not only by its relationship to the workplace or the state, but also by its household strategies for daily survival. The essays explore many topics accessible for the first time, including the motivations of women workers, roots of revolutionary activism, the revolutionary movement outside the great cities, socialist opposition to the Soviet regime, reactions of workers to Stalinist terror, socialist tourism, peasant families in forced exile, and work discipline on the collective farms.


ISBN (Hardcover)
Publication date
2011 (April)
Industry Labour Russland Arbeiterklasse Soziale Situation Geschichte 1880-1917 Aufsatzsammlung Eastern Europe Social History Modern History Business Sociology
Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2009. 512 pp., num. tables and graphs

Biographical notes

Donald Filtzer (Volume editor) Wendy Z. Goldman (Volume editor) Gijs Kessler (Volume editor) Simon Pirani (Volume editor)

The Editors: Donald Filtzer (1948) is Professor of Russian History at the University of East London, United Kingdom. Wendy Z. Goldman (1956) is Professor in the Department of History, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. Gijs Kessler (1969) is Research Fellow at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Simon Pirani (1957) is a Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies at Oxford University, United Kingdom.


Title: A Dream Deferred