Russia's Cotton Workers and the New Economic Policy: Shop-Floor Culture and State Policy, 1921-1929 / Edition 1

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Chris Ward uses a wide range of sources to examine key aspects of life on the shop floor of the Russian cotton mill. He reveals the existence of a complex world of work that grew out of the interaction between the experience of the industrialization in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Russia and the mechanization of the cotton industry in late eighteenth and early nineteenth century Britain. The book provides for the first time a realistic understanding of the relationship among worker, management and technology in the Soviet Union in the 1920s.

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"...this book is well researched, innovative, and insightful. This is required reading for any serious student of Sovlet labor history." Labor History

"Books on the New Economic Policy (NEP) abound, but this one by Chris Ward is probably one of the finest in the English language on labor during the Soviet 1920s....Ward has managed to present a very fine description and analysis of the behavior of the Russian textile workers during the 1920s. The coverage of topics is exhaustive, ranging from the role the textile industry played in NEP to the composition of the textile workforce, shop-floor culture, and the strike movement....his contribution is undoubtedly significant." Hiroaki Kuromiya, Slavic Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521894272
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/20/2002
  • Series: Cambridge Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies Series, #69
  • Edition description: First Paperback Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

List of plates; List of tables; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Maps; Introduction; Part I. The New Economic Policy and Cotton: 1. Industry; 2. Workforce; Part II. The Mill: 3. Field and factory; 4. Machines and trades; 5. Making an operative; 6. Workers' institutional commitments; Part III. The Crisis of 1923 and its Consequences: 7. The market collapses; 8. Organizing Taylorism: production; 9. Organizing Taylorism: wages; 10. 1925; Part IV. The Crisis of 1927 and its Consequences: 11. Confusion worse confounded; 12. Shop-floor responses; 13. The end of rationality; Conclusion; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.

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