Peasant Rebels under Stalin: Collectivization and the Culture of Peasant Resistance / Edition 1

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The first book to document the peasant rebellion against Soviet collectivization, Peasant Rebels Under Stalin retrieves a crucial lost chapter from the history of Stalinist Russia.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195131048
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 1,014,047
  • Lexile: 1660L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynne Viola is Professor of History and a member of the Centre for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Toronto. Her previous books include The Best Sons of the Fatherland (OUP, 1987), A Researcher's Guide to Sources on Soviet Social History (co-editor, 1990), and Russian Peasant Women (co-editor, OUP, 1992).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1. The Last and Most Decisive Battle: Collectivization as Civil War 13
Primordial muzhik darkness 14
Planting socialism 19
The great turn 24
Stalinist metaphysics 29
The war on tradition 38
Conclusion 44
2. The Mark of Antichrist: Rumors and the Ideology of Peasant Resistance 45
The world turned upside down 47
The peasant nightmare 55
"From the Lord God," 61
Conclusion 65
3. "We Have No Kulaks Here": Peasant Luddism, Evasion, and Self-Help 67
"Destroy the horse as a class," 69
"Now the kulak will have to be careful to liquidate his farm in time," 79
"We have no kulaks here," 86
"If we are kulaks, then all Siberia is kulak," 91
Conclusion 99
4. Sawed-Off Shotguns and the Red Rooster: Peasant Terror and Civil War 100
The scale of terror 101
The civil war within the civil war 111
"Remember, you sons of bitches, we'll get even with you," 116
"Fire!," 121
"We will stand up to our knees in blood before we'll give up our land," 124
Conclusion 130
5. March Fever: Peasant Rebels and Kulak Insurrection 132
The scale of rebellion 133
"Down with Antichrist," 145
"Meaningless and merciless," 154
Brigandage 176
Conclusion 179
6. "We Let the Woman Do the Talking": Bab'i Bunty and the Anatomy of Peasant Revolt 181
"A little misunderstanding," 183
Kulak agitprop and petit bourgeois instincts 184
Bab'i bunty 189
Conclusion 203
7. On the Sly: Everyday Forms of Resistance in the Collective Farm, 1930 and Beyond 205
The new moral economy 206
In the collective farm 210
"Self-seeking tendencies" and the grain struggle 221
Postscript: self-defense and self-destruction 226
Conclusion 231
Conclusion 234
Notes 241
Glossary 289
Select Bibliography 291
Index 305
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