Party, State, and Society in the Russian Civil War

Party, State, and Society in the Russian Civil War

Explorations in Social History
Edited by Diane P. Koenker, William G. Rosenberg and Ronald Grigor Suny
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 12/22/1989
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-253-33262-2
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This volume is a valuable source of information that also represents a genuinely collaborative approach to understanding Soviet history. The collection is so rich that every scholar and teacher of Soviet history will want to consult it. Highly recommended." —Choice

Documentation of this well-edited volume is exhaustive. It can be highly recommended for undergraduate and graduate students and specialists." —History

This is a surprisingly readable, well-structured book that is an absolute necessity for a college library as well as a useful addition to a scholar’s personal library." —Perspectives on Political Science

... essential reading... abundant empirical research and fresh interpretations." —The Russian Review

To what extent were the social responses and political choices of the Civil War years the product of social and economic circumstances and to what extent were they the result of the independent exercise of conscious political will? This landmark volume presents the leading edge of current scholarship on the social history of the Russian Civil War.

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““This volume is a valuable source of information that also represents a genuinely collaborative approach to understanding Soviet history. The collection is so rich that every scholar and teacher of Soviet history will want to consult it. Highly recommended.” —Choice “Documentation of this well-edited volume is exhaustive. It can be highly recommended for undergraduate and graduate students and specialists.” —History “This is a surprisingly readable, well-structured book that is an absolute necessity for a college library as well as a useful addition to a scholar’s personal library.” —Perspectives on Political Science “ . . . essential reading . . . abundant empirical research and fresh interpretations.” —The Russian Review To what extent were the social responses and political choices of the Civil War years the product of social and economic circumstances and to what extent were they the result of the independent exercise of conscious political will? This landmark volume presents the leading edge of current scholarship on the social history of the Russian Civil War.”

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

I Civil War and Social Revolution

New Perspectives on the Civil War
Sheila Fitzpatrick
Civil War and the Problem of Social Identities in Early Twentieth-Century Russia
Leopold H. Haimson

II The Social and Demographic Impact of the Civil War

Introduction: Social and Demographic Change in the Civil War
Diane P Koenker
"The City in Danger": The Civil War and the Russian Urban Population
Daniel R. Brower
Urbanization and Deurbanization in the Russian Revolution and Civil War
Diane P. Koenker
The Effects of the Civil War on Women and Family Relations
Barbara Evans Clements
Commentary: The Elements of Social and Demographic Change in Civil War Russia
William G. Rosenberg

III Administration and State Building

Introduction: Bolshevik Efforts at State Building
Victoria E. Bonnell
The Petrograd First City District Soviet during the Civil War
Alexander Rabinowitch
Bread without the Bourgeoisie
Mary McAuley
State Building in the Civil War Era: The Role of Lower-Middle Strata
Daniel T. Orlovsky
The Rationalization of State Kontol’
Thomas F. Remington
Commentary: Administration and State Building
Ronald Grigor Suny

IV The Bolsheviks and the Intelligentsia

Introduction: The Bolsheviks and the Intelligentsia
Peter Kenez
The Professoriate in the Russian Civil War
James C. McClelland
Natural Scientists and the Soviet System
Kendall E. Bailes
Intellectuals in the Proletkult: Problems of Authority and Expertise
Lynn Mally
Commentary: The Revolution and the Intellectuals
Diane P. Koenker

V Workers and Socialists

Introduction: Workers and Socialist
Allan K. Wildman
Social Democrats in Power: Menshevik Georgia and the Russian Civil War
Ronald Grigor Suny
The Social Background to Tsektran
William G. Rosenberg
Commentary: Circumstance and Political Will in the Russian Civil War
Reginald E. Zelnik

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