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A Dream Deferred

New Studies in Russian and Soviet Labour History


Edited By Donald Filtzer, Wendy Z. Goldman, Gijs Kessler and Simon Pirani

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.


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Acknowledgements 9 . Introduction Part >Workers and Workers’ Politics Non-Party Workers’ Organizations in St Petersburg and the Provinces before and during the First Russian Revolution Nikolai V. Mikhailov The Moscow Garment Workers’ Strike Christine Ruane Politics, Parties, and Power: Sormovo Workers in Sarah Badcock Mass Mobilization versus Participatory Democracy: Moscow Workers and the Bolshevik Expropriation of Political Power Simon Pirani Transforming Factions into Blocs: Alexander Shliapnikov, Sergei Medvedev, and the 888 Investigation of the “Baku Affair” in Barbara Allen The “Bolshevik Leninist” Opposition and the Working Class, - Aleksei Gusev Strikes during the Early Soviet Period, to : From Working-Class Militancy to Working-Class Passivity? Kevin Murphy Terror in the Factories Wendy Z. Goldman Part >>Workers and Work: Coercion and Incentives Taiga Conditions: Kulak Special Settlers, Commandants, and Soviet Industry Lynne Viola Foremen in the Field: Collective Farm Chairmen and the Fate of Labour Discipline after Collectivization, - Jean Lévesque Soviet Worker Leisure Travel in the s Diane P. Koenker Part >>>Family, Food, and Work: Strategies for Survival, to the Present “Earning My Own Crust of Bread”: Labor in the Lives of Discontented Wives in Late Imperial Russia Barbara Alpern Engel A Population under Pressure: Household Responses to Demographic and Economic Shock in the Interwar Soviet Union Gijs Kessler The Food Crisis and its Aftermath: Worker and Peasant Consumption in Non-Famine Regions of the GH;HG Donald Filtzer Finding Additional Income: Subsidiary Agriculture in Soviet Urban Households, - Andrei Markevich The Choice of Income-Earning Activities: Russian Urban Households and the Challenges of...

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