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Russia's Cotton Workers and the New Economic Policy : Shop-Floor Culture and State Policy, 1921-1929 - Chris Ward

Russia's Cotton Workers and the New Economic Policy

Shop-Floor Culture and State Policy, 1921-1929

Hardcover Published: 30th March 1990
ISBN: 9780521345804
Number Of Pages: 324

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In Russia's Cotton Workers and the New Economic Policy Chris Ward uses a wide range of published and unpublished Soviet sources to examine key aspects of life on the shop floor of the Russian cotton mill in the 1920s. He reveals the existence of a complex world of work which grew out of the interaction between the experience of industrialisation in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Russia and the mechanisation of the cotton industry in Britain in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The author explores the manner in which a 'mill culture' emerged from these developments and demonstrates that by the 1920s this culture was often very resistant to change. Russia's cotton workers and the New Economic Policy provides for the first time a realistic understanding of the relationship between worker, state Policy and technology in Russia in the 1920s.

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"...this book is well researched, innovative, and insightful. This is required reading for any serious student of Sovlet labor history." Labor History "Books on the New Economic Policy (NEP) abound, but this one by Chris Ward is probably one of the finest in the English language on labor during the Soviet 1920s...Ward has managed to present a very fine description and analysis of the behavior of the Russian textile workers during the 1920s. The coverage of topics is exhaustive, ranging from the role the textile industry played in NEP to the composition of the textile workforce, shop-floor culture, and the strike movement...his contribution is undoubtedly significant." Hiroaki Kuromiya, Slavic Review

List of plates
List of tables
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Maps
Introduction
The New Economic Policy and Cotton
Industry
Workforce
The Mill
Field and factory
Machines and trades
Making an operative
Workers' institutional commitments
The Crisis of 1923 and its Consequences
The market collapses
Organizing taylorism: production
Organizing taylorism: wages
1925
The Crisis of 1927 and its Consequences
Confusion worse confounded
Shop-floor responses
The end of rationality
Conclusion
Appendix
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521345804
ISBN-10: 0521345804
Series: Seminar Series / Society for Experimental Biology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 324
Published: 30th March 1990
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.64

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