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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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List of Figures, Tables and Maps Figure Sormovo election results in July, September, and November Figure Gender composition of urban households in the Russian Empire and the JHHG, Figure Gainful employment by age, urban population of the JHHG, Figure Dependency within the household by age, urban population of the JHHG, Figures a and b. Heads of livestock and poultry per blue-collar workers’, white-collar workers’, and engineers’ households in the JHHG, Figures a and b. Monetary income as a percentage of total monetary income and net monetary revenue in current rubles from urban subsidiary agriculture in the JHHG, Figure Expenditures on food as a percentage of total expenditures in urban households, JHHG, Figure . Real income and unemployment (percentage), Figure The economically active population as a share of population at the age of economic activity Figure . The challenge-response behavioral framework in Russian urban households Table Strike activity in the Russian Empire and Soviet Union, Table Causes of strikes in the Soviet Union, Table Russian and Soviet workers’ propensity to strike Table . Resolution of strikes in the Soviet Union, 69G:6B9:;:GG:9 Table Strikes by industry in the Soviet Union, Table Employment of special settlers in the JHHG Table Gender and experience (in the current kolkhoz) of chairmen, Table Levels of education among chairmen in the JHHG, Table Number of persons brought to trial according to the Decree of the Supreme Soviet of April Table Comparison between the number of able-bodied men and women not fulfilling the compulsory minimum of labour-days and...

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