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Experiencing Russia's Civil War : Politics, Society, and Revolutionary Culture in Saratov, 1917-1922 - Donald J. Raleigh

Experiencing Russia's Civil War

Politics, Society, and Revolutionary Culture in Saratov, 1917-1922

Paperback Published: 17th November 2002
ISBN: 9780691113203
Number Of Pages: 464

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This book is the only comprehensive history of the total experience of the Russian Civil War. Focusing on the key Volga city of Saratov and the surrounding region, Donald Raleigh is the first historian to fully show how the experience of civil war embedded itself into both the people's and the state's outlook and behavior. He demonstrates how and why the programs and ideals that had propelled the Bolsheviks into power were so quickly lost and the repressive Soviet party-state was born.

"Experiencing Russia's Civil War" is based on exhaustive use of previously classified local and central archives. It is also bold and ambitious in its breadth of thematic coverage, dealing with all aspects of the war experience from institutional evolution and demographics to survival strategies. Complicating our understanding of this formative period, Raleigh provides compelling evidence that many features of the Soviet system that we associate with the Stalin era were already adumbrated and practiced by the early 1920s, as Bolshevism became closed to real alternatives. Raleigh interprets this as the consequence of a complex dynamic shaped by Russia's political tradition and culture, Bolshevik ideology, and dire political, economic, and military crises starting with World War I and strongly reinforced by the indelible, mythologized experience of survival in the Civil War.

Fluidly written, replete with new information, and always engaged with important questions, this is history finely wrought.

Industry Reviews

"By revealing the complexity of the civil war in one province, Raleigh's book will revitalize scholarly debate on the civil war."--S. A. Smith, Slavic Review "An excellent work that will become required reading for all students of this turbulent period in twentieth-century history."--Jack M. Lauber, History: Review of Books "This book makes an outstanding contribution to scholarship through its exhaustive and shrewd examination of new archival materials. It also makes imaginative and original use of language and ideology as tools of historical interpretation."--N.G.O. Pereira, American Historical Review "Very readable and convincingly argued, this book is a much needed and anticipated revelation of local experience of the Civil War. This jewel of Soviet studies is not to be missed by any student or scholar of the Soviet Union."--Irina Mukhina, Journal of Social History

List of Illustrationsp. ix
List of Tablesp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Glossary and Abbreviations Used in Archival Citationsp. xvii
Introduction: Experiencing Russia's Civil Warp. 1
Revolution on the Volgap. 15
Languages of Power: How the Saratov Bolsheviks Imagined Their Enemiesp. 43
The Rise and Fall of the Saratov "Republic"p. 74
Cadres Resolve All: The Communists in Powerp. 107
Co-optation amid Repression: The Revolutionary Communists and Other Socialist Parties in Saratov Provincep. 142
Society And Revolutionary Culture
A Community in Disarray, a Community in the Makingp. 175
The Cultural Practices of Provincial Communismp. 208
Narratives of Self and Other: Saratov's Bourgeoisiep. 246
Not Seeing Like a State: The Red Guard Assault on Capitalp. 282
Peasants in a Workers' Revolutionp. 312
"Given His Class Position, a Worker Can Be Nothing but a Communist"p. 348
A Provincial Kronstadt, Another Tambov? 379
Conclusionp. 409
Bibliographical Essayp. 417
Indexp. 424
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ISBN: 9780691113203
ISBN-10: 0691113203
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 17th November 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 15.65  x 2.69
Weight (kg): 0.64