Land Reform in Russia, 1906-1917: Peasant Responses to Stolypins Project of Rural Transformation

Hardcover | March 15, 1999

byJudith Pallot

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Since the collapse of the USSR there has been a growing interest in the Stolypin Land Reform as a possible model for post-Communist agrarian development. Using recent theoretical and empirical advances in Anglo-American research, Dr Pallot examines how peasants throughout Russia received,interpreted, and acted upon the government's attempts to persuade them to quit the commune and set up independent farms. She shows how a majority of peasants failed to interpret the Reform in the way its authors had expected, with outcomes that varied both temporally and geographically. The resultchallenges existing texts which either concentrate on the policy side of the Reform or, if they engage with its results, use aggregated, official statistics which, this text argues, are unreliable indicators of the pre-revolutionary peasants reception of the Reform.

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Since the collapse of the USSR there has been a growing interest in the Stolypin Land Reform as a possible model for post-Communist agrarian development. Using recent theoretical and empirical advances in Anglo-American research, Dr Pallot examines how peasants throughout Russia received,interpreted, and acted upon the government's att...

Judith Pallot is at University of Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:March 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionThe Land Reform as Administrative UtopiaOpen Fields, Scattered Strips, and RepartitionsFree Riders and Village-Wide ConsolidationsThe Government in for us, OtrubnikiEveryday Forms of Resistance to the Stolypin ReformPeasant Modification and Adaptation of the ReformFarming in the Immediate Post-Enclosure YearsConclusion

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`Judith Pallots creative book promises and delivers the first intensive examination of the land reform per se for the whole decade in question, from its inception in the central government to the process of implementation at the local level, all the while bringing to bear the authorsconsiderable skills as a historical geographer.'Yanni Kotsonis, The Russian Review, Vol.59, No.3.