Worker Resistance under Stalin: Class and Revolution on the Shop Floor

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Challenging the claim that workers supported Stalin's revolution "from above" as well as the assumption that working-class opposition to a workers' state was impossible, Jeffrey Rossman shows how a crucial segment of the Soviet population opposed the authorities during the critical industrializing period of the First Five-Year Plan.

Marshaling an impressive range of archival evidence, Rossman recounts in vivid detail myriad individual and collective acts of protest, including ...

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Challenging the claim that workers supported Stalin's revolution "from above" as well as the assumption that working-class opposition to a workers' state was impossible, Jeffrey Rossman shows how a crucial segment of the Soviet population opposed the authorities during the critical industrializing period of the First Five-Year Plan.

Marshaling an impressive range of archival evidence, Rossman recounts in vivid detail myriad individual and collective acts of protest, including mass demonstrations, food riots, strikes, slowdowns, violent attacks against officials, and subversive letters to the authorities. Male and female workers in one of Russia's oldest, largest, and "reddest" manufacturing centers—the textile plants of the Ivanovo Industrial Region—actively resisted Stalinist policies that consigned them to poverty, illness, and hunger.

In April 1932, 20,000 mill workers across the region participated in a wave of strikes. Seeing the event as a rebuke to his leadership, Stalin dispatched Lazar Kaganovich to quash the rebellion, resulting in bloodshed and repression. Moscow was forced to respond to the crisis on the nation's shop floors with a series of important reforms.

Rossman uncovers a new dimension to the relationship between the Soviet leadership and working class and makes an important contribution to the debate about the nature of resistance to the Stalinist regime.

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This outstanding work challenges many of the more paradigmatic interpretations of the relationship between the Stalinist leadership and its working class. Worker Resistance under Stalin will make a major statement and provoke some much needed controversy around this question.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674019263
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/2005
  • Series: Russian Research Center Studies Series , #96
  • Pages: 326
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey J. Rossman is Associate Professor of History at the University of Virginia.

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Table of Contents

1 The workers mobilize 27
2 The Klepikov affair 62
3 The Liulin affair 80
4 Battle at the point of production 113
5 To the brink of rebellion 151
6 The Teikovo strike 178
7 The Vichuga uprising 207
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