The Social Dimensions of Soviet Industrialization

The Social Dimensions of Soviet Industrialization

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Presenting the leading edge of current scholarship, the essays assembled here focus on the social and cultural dimensions of the Soviet industrialization drive of the late 1920s and 1930s and their impact on the process of Soviet industrial transformation. Among the themes studied are urbanization, social mobility, questions of social identity and of the cultural construction of the industrialization drive, and the social dimensions of work, management relations, and the organization of industrial production. Careful attention is paid to the comparative dimensions of Soviet industrialization from the European perspective and the phenomenon of industrialization as a totalizing process. Concentrating on the 'great change' as a multi-dimensional social and cultural process, the book provides an invaluable complement to existing literature on Soviet Russia's economic growth. It is essential reading for scholars and students seeking a comprehensive understanding of the Soviet 1930s. Contributors are Katerina Clark, Stephen Coe, R. W. Davies, Geoff Eley, Sheila Fitzpatrick, Stephen Kotkin, Hiroaki Kuromiya, Moshe Lewin, Stephan Merl, William G. Rosenberg, David Shearer, Lewis H.
Siegelbaum, Peter Solomon, Jr., and Ronald G. Suny.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 329 pages
  • 152.4 x 238.8 x 25.4mm | 498.96g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 025320772X
  • 9780253207722

About William G. Rosenberg

WILLIAM G. ROSENBERG is Professor of History at the University of Michigan. He is author of Liberals in the Russian Revolution and co-author (with Diane P. Koenker) of Strikes and Revolution in Russia, 1917. LEWIS H. SIEGELBAUM is Professor of Modern Russian History at Michigan State University. He is author of Soviet State and Society between Revolutions, 1918 1929 and Stakhanovism and the Politics of Productivity in the USSR."
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Table of contents

INTRODUCTION William G. Rosenberg and Lewis H. Siegelbaum I. Conceptualizing the Command Economy: Western Historians on Soviet Industrialization Lewis H. Siegelbaum and Ronald G. Suny II. The Great Departure: Rural-Urban Migration in the Soviet Union, 1929-33 Sheila Fitzpatrick III. Social Mobility in the Countryside Stephan Merl IV. Peopling Magnitostroi: The Politics of Demography Stephen Kotkin V. The Management of Soviet Industry, 1928-41 R.W. Davies VI. The Scope, Authority, and Personnel of the New Industrial Commissariats in Historical Context Don K. Rowney VII. The Commander and the Rank and File: Managing the Soviet Coal-Mining Industry, 1928-33 Hiroaki Kuromiya VIII. Masters of the Shop Floor: Foremen and Soviet Industrialization Lewis H. Siegelbaum IX. Factories within Factories: Changes in the Structure of Work and Management in Soviet Machine-Building Factories, 1926-34 David Shearer X. Criminal Justice and the Industrial Front Peter Solomon, Jr. XI. Engineers of Human Souls in a Age of Industrialization: Changing Cultural Models, 1929-41 Katerina Clark XII. Soviet Industrialization from a European Perspective Geoff Eley XIII. On Soviet Industrialization Moshe Lewin GUIDE TO FURTHER READING Compiled by Steven Coe CONTRIBUTORS INDEX
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Review quote

"This is a fine book, impressive in both quantity and quality." - Journal of Economic History "The collection stands out as one of the most useful volumes currently available on the Soviet Union in the 1930s." - Labour History Review "Altogether, this book succeeds in opening up the social history of the Soviet Union in the era of planning for those students and scholars who are ready to advance beyond the old stereotypes." - ILWCH
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