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Russia After Lenin : Politics, Culture and Society, 1921-1929 - Vladimir N. Brovkin

Russia After Lenin

Politics, Culture and Society, 1921-1929

Paperback Published: 28th May 1998
ISBN: 9780415179928
Number Of Pages: 280

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Following the Russian Revolution, the cultural and political landscape of Russia was strewn with contradictions. The dictatorship, censorship and repression of the Communist party existed alongside private enterprise, the black market and open debates on Socialism.
In Russian Society and politics 1921-1929 Vladimir Brovkin offers a comprehensive cultural, political, economic and social history of developments in Russia in the 1920's.
By examining the contrast between Bolshevik propaganda claims and social reality, the author explains how Communist representations were variously received and resisted by workers, peasants, students, women, teachers and party officials. He presents a picture of cultural diversity and rejection of Communist constraints through many means including unauthorised protest, religion, jazz music and poetry.
In Russian Society and Politics 1921-1929 Vladimir Brovkin argues that these trends, if left unchecked, endangered the Communist Party's monopoly on political power. The Stalinist revolution can thus be seen as a pre-emptive strike against this independent and vibrant society as well as a product of Stalin's personality and communist ideology.

"Now, in perhaps [Brovkin's] most audacious work, he produces a riveting portrait of the 1920's and the rise of Stalinism... For anyone interested in understanding how Lenin and Stalin created that system, Mr. Brovkin's book is indispensable.." -Wall Street Journal, August 1998

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List of abbreviations
Introduction: Revolutionary identityp. 1
Extracting socially alien elementsp. 20
The culture of the new elite, 1921-5: ascetic knights and drinking palsp. 37
Bolshevik actions and peasants' reactions, 1921-5: face the village, face defeatp. 57
Propaganda and popular beliefp. 81
The Komsomol and youth: a transmission belt that snappedp. 108
Women: false promises, dashed hopes and the pretense of emancipationp. 134
Towards showdown in the countryside, 1926-8p. 155
The proletariat against the vanguardp. 173
The Bolshevik old guard and the upstarts, 1924-9: down and out and up and comingp. 190
Conclusionp. 213
Notesp. 225
Bibliographyp. 252
Indexp. 260
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415179928
ISBN-10: 0415179920
Series: Education; 71
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 28th May 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.72  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1