The Best Sons of the Fatherland: Workers in the Vanguard of Soviet Collectivization / Edition 1

The Best Sons of the Fatherland: Workers in the Vanguard of Soviet Collectivization / Edition 1

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by Lynne Viola
     
 

In this ground-breaking study Lynne Viola—the first Western scholar to gain access to the Soviet state archives on collectivization—brilliantly examines a lost chapter in the history of the Stalin revolution. Looking in detail at the backgrounds, motivations, and mentalities of the 25,000ers, Viola embarks on the first Western investigation of the

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In this ground-breaking study Lynne Viola—the first Western scholar to gain access to the Soviet state archives on collectivization—brilliantly examines a lost chapter in the history of the Stalin revolution. Looking in detail at the backgrounds, motivations, and mentalities of the 25,000ers, Viola embarks on the first Western investigation of the everyday activities of Stalin's rank-and-file shock troops, the "leading cadres" of socialist construction. In the process, Viola sheds new light on how the state mobilized working-class support for collectivization and reveals that, contrary to popular belief, the 25,000ers went into the countryside as willing recruits. This unique social history uses an "on the scene" line of vision to offer a new understanding of the workings, times, and cadres of Stalin's revolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195042627
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/1989
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
302
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 8.13(h) x 0.62(d)
Lexile:
1520L (what's this?)

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