Law and disorder on the Narova River : the Kreenholm strike of 1872 /
Reginald E. Zelnik.
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1995.
xiii, 308 p. : ill.
0520084810 (alk. paper)
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Berkeley : University of California Press, c1995.
0520084810 (alk. paper)
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"A Centennial book."
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"With scrupulous attention to his sources, elegant presentation of narrative detail, and a flair for psychological analysis, Zelnik has managed to tell the story of a small episode in a manner that illuminates the grand issues of imperial Russian history. It is a remarkable achievement."--Laura Engelstein, Princeton University "Zelnik has allowed the wonderfully textured account of the strike to illuminate some of the most gnarled problems in Russian labor history. . . . A breakthrough work, one that challenges more conventional labor historians to rethink the very nature of the field."--Ronald Grigor Suny, University of Michigan "A tour de force, a magnificent example of Zelnik's capacities for historical reconstruction."--Daniel Orlovsky, Southern Methodist University
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Appeared in Choice on 1995-12:
Zelnik, whose Labor and Society in Tsarist Russia (CH, Jan'72) established the parameters of Russian labor history, expands them with a case history of the Kreenholm strike of 1872. His study is set within the large context of a time before the exposure of Russia's workers to radical ideology and prior to development by the state of a fixed schema of classification of such events. In this monograph, Zelnick also investigates other issues on which the strike touched, among them, the range and limits of the powers of the autocratic state vis-`a-vis private interests and relations among the empire's various nationalities--in this, case Estonian, Russian, and German workers. Zelnick draws on archival materials, journals, secondary works, and the memoir of a participant, Vasilii Gerasimov (which the author translates here for the first time), to detail the physical setting, background, and events of the strike in a day-by-day narrative that raises important questions about the Russian labor movement and the extent of the autocracy's reach. A brilliant work by a master historian, this work is recommended for upper-division undergraduates and above. G. E. Snow; Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
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Reginald Zelnik uses a single episode--a militant strike at the Kreenholm factory, Europe's largest textile plant--to explore the broad historical moment. In examining this crucial event of Russian history he sheds fresh light on local power relations, high politics in St. Petersburg, controversies over the rule of law, and the origins of the Russian labor movement. Zelnik sees this pivotal moment in Russian labor history as the beginning step in the series of conflicts that eventually led to the upheavals of the early twentieth century.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
The Kreenholm Strike
Before the Strikep. 15
The Strikep. 48
September Battlesp. 82
Order and Lawp. 118
Outcome, Epilogue, Conclusionp. 177
Kreenholm Revisited: The Life and Memory of Vasilii Gerasimovp. 223
Foster Child of the Foundling Homep. 270
Selected Bibliographyp. 297
Indexp. 305
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