Peasant Rebels under Stalin Collectivization and the Culture of Peasant Resistance

ISBN-10: 0195131045
ISBN-13: 9780195131048
Edition: 1999
Authors: Lynne Viola
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Book details

List price: $56.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/28/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

The first book to document the peasant rebellion against Soviet collectivization, Peasant Rebels Under Stalin retrieves a crucial lost chapter from the history of Stalinist Russia. The peasant revolt against collectivization, as reconstructed by author Lynne Viola, was the most violent and sustained resistance to the Soviet state after the Russian Civil War. Conservative estimates suggest that over the course of the 1020s and early 1930s, more than 1,100 people were assassinated, more than 13,000 villages rioted, and over 2.5 million people participated in this active struggle of resistance. This book is about the men and women who tried to preserve their families, communities, and beliefs from the depredations of Stalinism. Their acts were often heroic, but these heroes were homespun, ordinary people who were driven to acts of desperation by cruel and brutal state policies. This is a study of peasant community, culture, and politics through the prism of resistance. Based on newly declassified Soviet archives, including previously inaccessible OGPU (secret police) reports, Viola's work documents the manifestation in Stalin's Russia of universal strategies of peasant resistance in what amounted to a virtual civil war between state and peasantry. This book is must reading for scholars of Soviet history, Stalinism, popular resistance, and Russian peasant culture.

Introduction
The Last and Most Decisive Battle: Collectivization as Civil War
Primordial muzhik darkness
Planting socialism
The great turn
Stalinist metaphysics
The war on tradition
Conclusion
The Mark of Antichrist: Rumors and the Ideology of Peasant Resistance
The world turned upside down
The peasant nightmare
"From the Lord God,"
Conclusion
"We Have No Kulaks Here": Peasant Luddism, Evasion, and Self-Help
"Destroy the horse as a class,"
"Now the kulak will have to be careful to liquidate his farm in time,"
"We have no kulaks here,"
"If we are kulaks, then all Siberia is kulak,"
Conclusion
Sawed-Off Shotguns and the Red Rooster: Peasant Terror and Civil War
The scale of terror
The civil war within the civil war
"Remember, you sons of bitches, we'll get even with you,"
"Fire!,"
"We will stand up to our knees in blood before we'll give up our land,"
Conclusion
March Fever: Peasant Rebels and Kulak Insurrection
The scale of rebellion
"Down with Antichrist,"
"Meaningless and merciless,"
Brigandage
Conclusion
"We Let the Woman Do the Talking": Bab'i Bunty and the Anatomy of Peasant Revolt
"A little misunderstanding,"
Kulak agitprop and petit bourgeois instincts
Bab'i bunty
Conclusion
On the Sly: Everyday Forms of Resistance in the Collective Farm, 1930 and Beyond
The new moral economy
In the collective farm
"Self-seeking tendencies" and the grain struggle
Postscript: self-defense and self-destruction
Conclusion
Conclusion
Notes
Glossary
Select Bibliography
Index

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