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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 This book grew out of a conference, “Labour History of Russia and the Soviet Union: Work in Progress,” held at the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, in March-April . It publishes a selection of the papers presented there, reworked and expanded into full-size chap- ters, and grouped around the three principal themes which emerged from the discussions at the conference. Together, these articles ref lect the main trends in research on the history of labour in Russia and the Soviet Union as it has developed in the sixteen years since the collapse of the Soviet sys- tem. The book aims at both specialist and non-specialist readers. For the benefit of the latter a glossary has been compiled of the most frequently used Russian words and acronyms. Russian terms have been transliterated according to the Library of Congress Transliteration System. The geo- graphical locations mentioned in the text of the articles are visually ren- dered on five maps. A comprehensive bibliography of the works referred to in the footnotes is located at the back of the book. The editors of this volume wish to thank the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (CLD), the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sci- ences (@C6L), the International Institute of Social History (>>H=), Carnegie Mellon University, the University of East London, the Unger van Brero Fund for Economic History, and the Friends of the International Institute of Social History for their generous financial support in organizing such a large international conference, and in transforming...

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