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Baba and the Comrade: Gender and Politics in Revolutionary Russia / Edition 1

Baba and the Comrade: Gender and Politics in Revolutionary Russia / Edition 1

by Elizabeth A. Wood
     
 

ISBN-10: 0253214300

ISBN-13: 2900253214309

Pub. Date: 07/22/2000

Publisher: Indiana University Press

" . . . well-researched and skillfully written . . . a welcome addition to the historical narrative on Soviet gender policy." —Journal of Women's History" . . . a highly persuasive, revealing, and well-documented account of early Bolshevik policy, practice, and language pertaining to the 'baba problem' and the unexpected ways female and male comrades responded

Overview

" . . . well-researched and skillfully written . . . a welcome addition to the historical narrative on Soviet gender policy." —Journal of Women's History" . . . a highly persuasive, revealing, and well-documented account of early Bolshevik policy, practice, and language pertaining to the 'baba problem' and the unexpected ways female and male comrades responded to the party-state's tutelary role toward women." —Slavic Review" . . . a well-organized, sophisticated analysis of the difficulties involved in attempting to reconcile ideology with political, economic, and cultural realities." —The Russian Review" . . . richly documented, well argued account of Soviet attempts to come to grips with a melancholy tradition." —Virginia Quarterly" This is a rich and densely argued study that embeds the story of the zhenotdel in the context of the political struggles and institutional structures of this formative period of the Russian Revolution." —American Historical Review" The conclusion to Wood's sophisticated analysis . . . is solidly based on a mass of detailed and original research." —Slavonica" The scholarship in this book is of very high quality and the questions raised are ‘large' . . . an outstanding contribution to the tangled issue of gender in Soviet Russia." —Susan Gross SolomonThe Baba and the Comrade explores the early Bolshevik government's efforts to mobilize women into the public sphere and involve them in the world of politics. Elizabeth A. Wood examines how prevailing images of men and women both facilitated and complicated construction of a new society and state.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900253214309
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
07/22/2000
Series:
Indiana-Michigan Series in Russian and East European Studies Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
328

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction I. The Woman Question

1. The Bolsheviks and the Genealgy of the Woman Question II. Gender in the Context of State-Making and Civil War

2. Sharp Eyes and Tender Hearts: Passing New Legislation and Fighting the Civil War

3. Identity and Organization: Creating the Women's Sections of the Communist Party

4. War Communism at Its Height: Lobbying on Behalf of Women Workers III. The New Threat to the Social Contract

5. The Liquidation Crisis in Zhenotdel Politics

6. The Crisis in Economics: The Social Contract Endangered

7. The New Threat: Zhenotdel Criticisms of the Social Costs of NEP

8. Daily Life and Gender Transformation Conclusion Notes

Bibliography

Index

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