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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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Glossary 88 – Central Committee of the Communist Party Central Statistical Administration – (Tsentral’noe statisticheskoe upravle- nie, or IsHJ) Cheka – From chrezvychainye kommissii. Special commissions (full title, spe- cial commission for the repression of counter-revolution and sabo- tage). From , the Cheka’s name was changed to the State Political Administration (Gosudarstvennoe Politicheskoe Upravlenie) or ) subbotnik – Saturday voluntary work uezd – a rural district, sub-division of a pre-revolutionary guberniia (qv), or an early Soviet oblast’ (qv) VeCheka – All-Russian extraordinary commission (Vserossiiskaia chrez- vychainaia kommissiia), i.e. the national leadership of the Cheka (qv) Vesenkha – Supreme Council of the National Economy, from the acronym KHC@h (Vysshii sovet narodnogo khoziaistva), the body that super- vised the economy in Soviet Russia volost’ – rural administrative sub-division of an uezd (qv) in Tsarist and early Soviet Russia KIsHEH – All-Union Central Council of Trade Unions (Vserossiiskii tsentral’nyi sovet profsoiuzov), the leading trade union body in Soviet Russia LD – Workers’ Opposition. A faction in the Communist Party - zemstvo – form of local self-government instituted in during the reforms of Alexander >>. Abolished with the October revolution of

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