Peasant Rebels Under Stalin: Collectivization and the Culture of Peasant Resistance

Paperback | December 1, 1998

byLynne Viola

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The first book to document the peasant rebellion against Soviet collectivization, Peasant Rebels Under Stalin retrieves a crucial lost chapter from the history of Stalinist Russia. The peasant revolt against collectivization, as reconstructed by author Lynne Viola, was the most violent andsustained resistance to the Soviet state after the Russian Civil War. Conservative estimates suggest that over the course of the 1020s and early 1930s, more than 1,100 people were assassinated, more than 13,000 villages rioted, and over 2.5 million people participated in this active struggle ofresistance. This book is about the men and women who tried to preserve their families, communities, and beliefs from the depredations of Stalinism. Their acts were often heroic, but these heroes were homespun, ordinary people who were driven to acts of desperation by cruel and brutal state policies. This is a study of peasant community, culture, and politics through the prism of resistance. Based on newly declassified Soviet archives, including previously inaccessible OGPU (secret police) reports, Viola's work documents the manifestation in Stalin's Russia of universal strategies of peasantresistance in what amounted to a virtual civil war between state and peasantry. This book is must reading for scholars of Soviet history, Stalinism, popular resistance, and Russian peasant culture.

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The first book to document the peasant rebellion against Soviet collectivization, Peasant Rebels Under Stalin retrieves a crucial lost chapter from the history of Stalinist Russia. The peasant revolt against collectivization, as reconstructed by author Lynne Viola, was the most violent andsustained resistance to the Soviet state after ...

Lynne Viola is Professor of History and a member of the Centre for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Toronto. Her previous books include The Best Sons of the Fatherland (OUP, 1987), A Researcher's Guide to Sources on Soviet Social History (co-editor, 1990), and Russian Peasant Women (co-editor, OUP, 1992).

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Format:PaperbackPublished:December 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Last and Most Decisive Battle: Collectivization as Civil War2. The Mark of Antichrist: Rumors and the Ideology of Peasant Resistance3. "We Have No Kulaks Here": Peasant Luddism, Evasion, and Self-Help4. Sawed-Off Shotguns and the Red Rooster: Peasant Terror and Civil War5. March Fever: Peasant Rebels and Kulak Insurrection6. "We Let the Women Do the Talking": Bab'i Bunty and the Anatomy of Peasant Revolt7. On the Sly: Everyday Forms of Resistance in the Collective Farm, 1930 and Beyond

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"This a well-written, well-researched, and path-breaking study. It is a major contribution to the literature and all subsequent accounts of The Soviet Union in the 1930's (and beyond)."--Lesley A. Rimmel, Stanford University