Red Autobiographies: Initiating the Bolshevik Self

Paperback | February 4, 2011

byIgal Halfin

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In Red Autobiographies, Igal Halfin reads admission records of the Soviet Communist Party cells in the 1920s for what they reveal about the politics of self-representation in Bolshevik political culture. He identifies ways of speaking about oneself as a central arena of the Soviet revolution's drive for discovering, changing, and perfecting the self. The study is based on sources-many of which are no longer as freely accessible as they were during the heyday of the Soviet "archival bonanza" - in provincial party archives in Leningrad, Smolensk, and Tomsk. Its principal merit is Halfin's masterful handling and interpretation of those sources. The study also serves as a popular "short course" on Halfin's seminal contributions to the historiographies of Russia, communism, and modern subjectivity.

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In Red Autobiographies, Igal Halfin reads admission records of the Soviet Communist Party cells in the 1920s for what they reveal about the politics of self-representation in Bolshevik political culture. He identifies ways of speaking about oneself as a central arena of the Soviet revolution's drive for discovering, changing, and perf...

Igal Halfin is a professor of modern history in Tel Aviv University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.55 inPublished:February 4, 2011Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0295991127

ISBN - 13:9780295991122

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Party Admissions in Paranoid Times2. Workers Toward the Light3. Peasant Enrollment4. The IntelligentsiaConclusionAppendix: The Case of Fiodor Fiodorovich Raskol'nikov: Bolshevick Authobiographies Across the 1917 Divide

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... [Halfin] consistently provides analytically rich, theoretically challenging and inspiring works. To dismiss his penetrating and creative revisionism is to suffer from a more intellectually debilitating form of myopia.

- Sean Guillory - The NEP Era: Soviet Russia 1921-1928 - 2011