Our Daily Bread: Socialist Distribution and the Art of Survival in Stalin's Russia, 1927-1941

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Overview

Drawing on newly available archival materials including official documents, reports, and personal accounts, this remarkable study presents a detailed picture of the living standards of various social groups in prewar Soviet Russia and the role of state-controlled distribution of food and goods as a tool of the Stalinist dictatorship. The study offers a new perspective not only on the period of collectivization, industrialization, and terror but also on the regime's most rudimentary method of controlling human behavior and reshaping the social order. In her conclusion the author analyzes the long-term impacts of the Stalinist "dictatorship of distribution", from bureaucratization to rural depopulation to the emergence of a distinctive type of black-market economy.
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Drawing on newly available archival materials including official documents, reports, and personal accounts, this study presents a detailed picture of the living standards of various social groups in prewar Soviet Russia and the role of state-controlled distribution of food and goods as a tool of the Stalinist dictatorship. It offers a new perspective on the period of collectivization, and also on the regime's most rudimentary methods of controlling human behavior and reshaping the social order. This is an abridged and edited version of a work published in Moscow in 1999 by ROSSPEN under the title . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563249051
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/15/2003
  • Series: New Russian History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,487,343
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Note
Introduction
Pt. I Destruction of the Market: 1927-1930 1
Ch. 1 Rationing and Famine - Why? 3
Ch. 2 1927-1928: First Blow to the Market, First Round of Rationing 14
Ch. 3 1928-1929: The Attack on the Market Continues 28
Ch. 4 1929-1930: Dizzy with ... Hunger 42
Pt. II The Inevitability of the Market: 1931-1935 59
Ch. 5 The All-Soviet Rationing System: The Carrot and the Stick of the Industrialization Drive 61
Ch. 6 The Hierarchy of Poverty 82
Ch. 7 Survival Strategies and Spontaneity of the Market 102
Pt. III The Alliance Between Distribution and the Market: 1936-1941 131
Ch. 8 Approaching the Era of "Free" Trade 133
Ch. 9 Supply Crises: Moments of Truth for Socialist Trade 155
Ch. 10 Business and Market in the Era of "Free" Trade 178
Instead of a Conclusion: On Stalinism and the World Experience with State-Regulated Supply 195
Appendix 205
Notes 213
Bibliography 239
Index 247
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