Contending with Stalinism: Soviet Power and Popular Resistance in the 1930s by Lynne ViolaContending with Stalinism: Soviet Power and Popular Resistance in the 1930s by Lynne Viola

Contending with Stalinism: Soviet Power and Popular Resistance in the 1930s

EditorLynne Viola

Paperback | July 16, 2002

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Resistance has become an important and controversial analytical category for the study of Stalinism. The opening of Soviet archives allows historians an unprecedented look at the fabric of state and society in the 1930s. Researchers long spellbound by myths of Russian fatalism and submission as well as by the very real powers of the Stalinist state are startled by the dimensions of popular resistance under Stalin.Narratives of such resistance are inherently interesting, yet the topic is also significant because it sheds light on its historical surroundings. Contending with Stalinism employs the idea of resistance as a tool to explore what otherwise would remain opaque features of the social, cultural, and political history of the 1930s. In the process, the authors reveal a semi-autonomous world residing within and beyond the official world of Stalinism. Resistance ranged across a spectrum from violent strikes to the passive resistance that was a virtual way of life for millions and took many forms, from foot dragging and negligence to feigned ignorance and false compliance. Contending with Stalinism also highlights the problematic nature of resistance as an analytical category and stresses the ambiguous nature of the phenomenon. The topics addressed include working-class strikes, peasant rebellions, black-market crimes, official corruption, and homosexual and ethnic subcultures.

Lynne Viola is Professor of History at the University of Toronto. She is the author of The Best Sons of the Fatherland and Peasant Rebels under Stalin and coeditor of The War against the Peasantry.
Title:Contending with Stalinism: Soviet Power and Popular Resistance in the 1930sFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.56 inPublished:July 16, 2002Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801487749

ISBN - 13:9780801487743

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"Lynne Viola has put her scholarly signature on the field of resistance studies with this collection of essays examining the Stalinist 1930s. All the contributions take advantage of research in Soviet-era archival collections now declassified and newly accessible. Many refract the period and its politics through the perspectives of regional archives, and all are informed by recent trends in social and cultural history: the subjects range from Ivanovo textile workers and Riazan' peasant women to homosexuals, black-marketeers, and Soviet zbek officials." - Mark von Hagen, Columbia University