Russia After Lenin: Politics, Culture and Society, 1921-1929

Russia After Lenin: Politics, Culture and Society, 1921-1929

by Vladimir Brovkin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415179920

ISBN-13: 9780415179928

Pub. Date: 06/18/1998

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Following the Russian Revolution, the cultural and political landscape of Russia was strewn with contradictions. The dictatorship, censorship and repression of the Communist party existed alongside private enterprise, the black market and open debates on Socialism.
In Russian Society and politics 1921-1929 Vladimir Brovkin offers a comprehensive cultural

Overview

Following the Russian Revolution, the cultural and political landscape of Russia was strewn with contradictions. The dictatorship, censorship and repression of the Communist party existed alongside private enterprise, the black market and open debates on Socialism.
In Russian Society and politics 1921-1929 Vladimir Brovkin offers a comprehensive cultural, political, economic and social history of developments in Russia in the 1920's.
By examining the contrast between Bolshevik propaganda claims and social reality, the author explains how Communist representations were variously received and resisted by workers, peasants, students, women, teachers and party officials. He presents a picture of cultural diversity and rejection of Communist constraints through many means including unauthorised protest, religion, jazz music and poetry.
In Russian Society and Politics 1921-1929 Vladimir Brovkin argues that these trends, if left unchecked, endangered the Communist Party's monopoly on political power. The Stalinist revolution can thus be seen as a pre-emptive strike against this independent and vibrant society as well as a product of Stalin's personality and communist ideology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415179928
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/18/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Revolutionary Identity

Russian Socialism

The Bolshevik Value System

Utopian Vision, 1917

Smashing the Bourgeois State

NEP Society

1 EXTRACTING SOCIALLY ALIEN ELEMENTS

Political Parties and Intelligentsia

Operation "The

Living Church"

The "Former" People

2 THE CULTURE OF THE NEW ELITE, 1921-5: ASCETIC KNIGHTS AND DRINKING PALS

Old Habits and New Tastes

Educating the New Party Cadres

Dissident Voices

3 BOLSHEVIK ACTIONS AND PEASANTS' REACTIONS, 1921-5: FACE THE VILLAGE,

FACE DEFEAT

Who Knew What

Peasant Concerns

Strategies of Coping

Elections, 1925

4 PROPAGANDA AND POPULAR BELIEF

Agitprop: Eradicating Alien Influence

Potemkin Villages on the Ideological Front

Anti-Religious Campaigns

Popular Religiosity

5 THE KOMSOMOL AND YOUTH: A TRANSMISSION BELT THAT SNAPPED

Representations

Rural Cells: Hooliganism and Drunkenness

Workers: Vodka, Sex and Defiance

Students: Poverty, "Decadence," and Dissent

6 WOMEN: FALSE PROMISES, DASHED HOPES AND THE PRETENSE OF

EMANCIPATION

Rural Women: Staying Out or Getting Involved?

Factory Women: From Complaints to Protest

A New Soviet Woman: Dating, Fashions, and Fox-trot

Bolshevik Women

7 TOWARDS SHOWDOWN IN THE COUNTRYSIDE, 1926-8

Rural Party: Adaption, Defiant

Rejection, and Intervention

Radicalization, 1926

Elections, 1927

Bolshevik Dilemmas, 1928

8 THE PROLETARIAT AGAINST THE VANGUARD

New Bosses, Old Problems, 1921-5

Was There an NEP in Industry?

New Radicalism, New Labels, 1926-9

9 THE BOLSHEVIK OLD

GUARD AND THE UPSTARTS, 1924-9; DOWN AND OUT AND UP AND COMING

The New Communists

Political Opinion

The Crisis of Bolshevism

10 CONCLUSION

Bolshevik Culture

Recasting Society

Representations

Social Reality

Confidential Discourse

Showdown

The Culture of Sovietism

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