Republic Of Labor: Russian Printers And Soviet Socialism, 1918-1930
Diane P. KoenkerISBN: 0801443083;
Book DescriptionThe long decade from the October Revolution to 1930 was the beginning of a great experiment to create a socialist society. Throughout these years, socialist trade unions attempted to transform the Russian worker into a productive and enthusiastic participant in this new order. How did the workers themselves react to these efforts? To what extent were they and their culture transformed into the ideal forms proclaimed in the official ideology? In Republic of Labor, Diane P. Koenker illuminates the lived experience of Russia?s printers, workers who differed from their comrades because of their skill and higher wages, but who shared the same challenges of economic hardship and dangerous conditions. Paying close attention to the links between work, politics, and the everyday, the author focuses on workers? efforts to define their place in socialist society. Gender issues are also emphasized, and here we see the persistence of a masculinist working-class...
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