Peasant Rebels under Stalin Collectivization and the Culture of Peasant Resistance
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Description: 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.
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Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/28/1999
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
|The Last and Most Decisive Battle: Collectivization as Civil War|
|Primordial muzhik darkness|
|The great turn|
|The war on tradition|
|The Mark of Antichrist: Rumors and the Ideology of Peasant Resistance|
|The world turned upside down|
|The peasant nightmare|
|"From the Lord God,"|
|"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,"|
|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,"|
|"We will stand up to our knees in blood before we'll give up our land,"|
|March Fever: Peasant Rebels and Kulak Insurrection|
|The scale of rebellion|
|"Down with Antichrist,"|
|"Meaningless and merciless,"|
|"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|
|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|