Moral communities : the culture of class relations in the Russian printing industry, 1867-1907 /
Mark D. Steinberg.
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1992.
x, 289 p., [4] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.
0520075722 (alk. paper)
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Berkeley : University of California Press, c1992.
0520075722 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 263-281) and index.
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"This is good cultural history in the broadest sense."--Abraham Ascher, author of The Revolution of 1905: Russia in Disarray
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In a well-written and succinct conclusion, Steinberg presents the growth of the "labor movement" among printing workers in Russia as a moral struggle. Like E. P. Thompson, in his Making of the English Working Class (1963), Steinberg sees the workers asserting the ideas of individual dignity and worth as components of the moral community they wished to establish. He contrasts this version of community to that promoted by moralistic and self-interested employers. Although both were self-serving, the author seems to prefer the former. By 1907, the printing workers had developed self-awareness although not class consciousness in the Marxist sense. Steinberg's book is a product of new enthusiasms in social history, whose advocates will find this record of the development of the union of printing workers in Russia enlightening as well as a testimony to the author's industry. Steinberg includes an interesting chapter on the development of the printing industry in Russia as well as a listing of important publishers to about 1904 and their participation in professional institutions. Critics may regret that the author did not take his story up to 1917 to present the political struggle for domination of the printers' unions. Graduate; faculty. D. Balmuth; Skidmore College
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This valuable study offers a rare perspective on the social and political crisis in late Imperial Russia. Mark D. Steinberg focuses on employers, supervisors, and workers in the printing industry as it evolved from a state-dependent handicraft to a capitalist industry. He explores class relations and the values, norms, and perceptions with which they were made meaningful. Using archival and printed sources, Steinberg examines economic changes, workplace relations, professional organizations, unions, strikes, and political activism, as well as shop customs, trade festivals, and everyday life. In rich detail he describes efforts to build a community of masters and men united by shared interests and moral norms. The collapse of this ideal in the face of growing class conflict is also explored, giving a full view of an important moment in Russian history.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
Capitalist Developmentp. 7
Growth and Technical Changep. 7
Entrepreneurshipp. 12
Laborp. 21
The Morality of Authorityp. 33
Employer Activistsp. 36
The Honor of the Tradep. 39
Associations of Communityp. 45
Workplace Paternalismp. 56
Rites of Solidarityp. 61
Workers' Communityp. 67
Apprenticeship as Socializationp. 68
Communal Spacep. 74
Everyday Culturep. 83
A Moral Vanguardp. 89
Organizing Self-improvementp. 92
Naborshchik: Preaching Virtuep. 104
Self and Societyp. 110
The Moscow Strikep. 123
Organizing for Uncertain Endsp. 128
The Strikep. 134
Leaders and Their Valuesp. 140
The Aftermath: Socialism and Zubatovismp. 146
The Revolution of 1905p. 158
Skirmishes, January-Julyp. 159
Confrontations over Authority, August-Octoberp. 172
Challenging the Statep. 176
Organizing Class Relations, 1905-1907p. 183
Workers' Unions: Formation and Structurep. 184
Employers' Associationsp. 200
Regulating the Class Strugglep. 203
The Language of Revolutionp. 211
Classp. 212
Communityp. 220
Moralityp. 227
Conclusionp. 247
Appendix: Employer Activists, 1880-1904p. 255
Bibliographyp. 263
Indexp. 283
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