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The voice of the people [electronic resource] : letters from the Soviet village, 1918-1932 /
C.J. Storella and A.K. Sokolov.
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2012.
425 p. ; 24 cm.
9780300112337 (cloth : alk. paper)
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New Haven : Yale University Press, c2012.
9780300112337 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Revolution and War Communism -- The Old Village and the New Economic Policy -- Smychka : The Bond between City and Village -- Was Society Transformed? -- People and Power -- Whither Socialism? -- The Great Break.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [375]-401) and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2013-02-15:
The voices of peasants and Red Army soldiers come out loud and clear in this wide-ranging collection of previously unpublished letters from the early Bolshevik era in the USSR. The letters were selected and compiled by A.K. Sokolov (Inst. of Russian History, Moscow) over ten years ago in this book's original Russian edition, newly translated by Storella. As the Russian village confronted the radical changes brought by revolution, many farmers and peasants made their thoughts known to Soviet leaders via the newspapers. Storella's translations make clear the strong feelings conveyed in these letters, the majority of which were not published in the newspapers to which they were addressed. Most were sent by ordinary readers to Krestianskaia gazeta (Peasant Gazette) in the 1920s and are held by the Russian State Archive of the Economy. The letters, in more or less chronological order, are framed here by Storella and others with extensive historical commentary. Those included are but a "tiny fraction" of the hundreds of thousands of such letters addressed to Krestianskaia gazeta and other newspapers. The letters reveal the tremendous difficulties-economic, personal, agricultural-faced by ordinary Soviet villagers. VERDICT As material newly available in English, this is recommended to all Soviet specialists requiring the translation.-Amy Lewontin, Northeastern Univ. Lib., Boston (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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"In this moving collection of letters from Soviet citizens, Carmine Storella provides a beautifully nuanced survey of social life at a critical time in Soviet history. Painstakingly translated and deeply researched, the letters and explanatory essays reveal the true and often tragic voices of ordinary working people."--Wendy Z. Goldman, Author of Inventing the Enemy. Denunciation and Terror in Stalin's Russia (2011)
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This text presents a comprehensive collection of peasant writings during the early years of the Bolshevik regime. It presents over 150 letters addressed to newspapers, government officials and Communist Party leaders.
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This book presents the first comprehensive collection in English of peasant writings during the early years of the Bolshevik regime. Drawn entirely from Russian archival sources, it features more than 150 previously unpublished letters addressed to newspapers, government officials, and Communist Party leaders. The letters and accompanying commentary result in a unique history of the Soviet peasantry's engagement and struggle with a powerful state, enabling readers to hear the voice of a social class that throughout history has too often been rendered voiceless.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Note on Transliteration and Translationp. xi
Note on the Documentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Revolution and War Communismp. 27
The Old Village and the New Economic Policyp. 56
Smychka: The Bond between City and Villagep. 112
Was Society Transformed?p. 152
People and Powerp. 204
Whither Socialism?p. 247
The Great Breakp. 291
Conclusionp. 362
Notesp. 375
List of Documentsp. 403
Indexp. 415
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