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

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415179928
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/18/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,011,837
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Vladimir Brovkin is John Olin Fellow for History and Political Philosophy at the Russian Research Center, Harvard University.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of abbreviations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Revolutionary identity 1
1 Extracting socially alien elements 20
2 The culture of the new elite, 1921-5: ascetic knights and drinking pals 37
3 Bolshevik actions and peasants' reactions, 1921-5: face the village, face defeat 57
4 Propaganda and popular belief 81
5 The Komsomol and youth: a transmission belt that snapped 108
6 Women: false promises, dashed hopes and the pretense of emancipation 134
7 Towards showdown in the countryside, 1926-8 155
8 The proletariat against the vanguard 173
9 The Bolshevik old guard and the upstarts, 1924-9: down and out and up and coming 190
10 Conclusion 213
Notes 225
Bibliography 252
Index 260
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