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The Best Sons of the Fatherland : Workers in the Vanguard of Soviet Collectivization - Lynne Viola

The Best Sons of the Fatherland

Workers in the Vanguard of Soviet Collectivization

Paperback Published: 2nd March 1989
ISBN: 9780195042627
Number Of Pages: 302

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In this ground-breaking study Lynne Viola--the first Western scholar to gain access to the Soviet state archives on collectivization--brilliantly examines a lost chapter in the history of the Stalin revolution. Looking in detail at the backgrounds, motivations, and mentalities of the 25,000ers, Viola embarks on the first Western investigation of the everyday activities of Stalin's rank-and-file shock troops, the "leading cadres" of socialist construction. In the process, Viola sheds new light on how the state mobilized working-class support for collectivization and reveals that, contrary to popular belief, the 25,000ers went into the countryside as willing recruits. This unique social history uses an "on the scene" line of vision to offer a new understanding of the workings, times, and cadres of Stalin's revolution.

"This excellent monograph tells the story so well because the author...was able to gain access to Soviet governmental archives containing a wealth of first-hand material."--Foreign Affairs "A superb, remarkably mature first effort....Using hitherto unavailable archival sources, she develops a fascinating, complex, and variegated picture of collectivization....A bravura performance."--Annals of the American Academy "What Viola has given us is a significantly richer picture of collectivization and a valuable indication of what can be accomplished through imagination and careful research of the materials of the Stalin era."--Russian Review "Viola has gathered much new information from Soviet archives, even more from a wide variety of contemporary Soviet periodicals, and from Soviet secondary sources."--The Historian "Viola's work represents a welcomed addition to the sparse literature."--The Journal of Modern History "This excellent monograph tells the story so well because the author...was able to gain access to Soviet governmental archives containing a wealth of first-hand material."--Foreign Affairs "A superb, remarkably mature first effort....Using hitherto unavailable archival sources, she develops a fascinating, complex, and variegated picture of collectivization....A bravura performance."--Annals of the American Academy "What Viola has given us is a significantly richer picture of collectivization and a valuable indication of what can be accomplished through imagination and careful research of the materials of the Stalin era."--Russian Review "Viola has gathered much new information from Soviet archives, even more from a wide variety of contemporary Soviet periodicals, and from Soviet secondary sources."--The Historian "Viola's work represents a welcomed addition to the sparse literature."--The Journal of Modern History "Lynne Viola's study of the 25,000ers brings a new dimension to the story of peasant collectivization in Stalin's Russia. Working in Soviet archives, she has uncovered the people who represented the regime at the moment of its most intense intervention in the countryside. Their mentalities and enthusiasms, successes and failures are carefully explored in this first attempt to see the collectivization from the perspective of the activist."--Ronald Grigor Suny, University of Michigan "A most impressive piece of work....A major contribution in terms of significance for the field and thoroughness of research."--Sheila Fitzpatrick, University of Texas, Austin "A valuable contribution to the understanding of a subject that is more often dealt with in polemical terms than in scholarly detachment."--Lyman H. Legters, University of Washington

ISBN: 9780195042627
ISBN-10: 019504262X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 302
Published: 2nd March 1989
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.32