Republic of Labor: Russian Printers and Soviet Socialism, 1918-1930 by Diane P. KoenkerRepublic of Labor: Russian Printers and Soviet Socialism, 1918-1930 by Diane P. Koenker

Republic of Labor: Russian Printers and Soviet Socialism, 1918-1930

byDiane P. Koenker

Hardcover | June 10, 2005

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The long decade from the October Revolution to 1930 was the beginning of a great experiment to create a socialist society. Throughout these years, socialist trade unions attempted to transform the Russian worker into a productive and enthusiastic participant in this new order. How did the workers themselves react to these efforts? To what extent were they and their culture transformed into the ideal forms proclaimed in the official ideology? In Republic of Labor, Diane P. Koenker illuminates the lived experience of Russia's printers, workers who differed from their comrades because of their skill and higher wages, but who shared the same challenges of economic hardship and dangerous conditions. Paying close attention to the links between work, politics, and the everyday, the author focuses on workers' efforts to define their place in socialist society. Gender issues are also emphasized, and here we see the persistence of a masculinist working-class culture counterposed to an official culture promoting gender equality. Through this engaging narrative, Koenker develops a highly original discourse about class in Soviet society that will interest all students of Russian history as well as those readers who wish to reinvigorate class as a historical and sociological tool of analysis.
Diane P. Koenker is Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of Republic of Labor: Russian Printers and Soviet Socialism, 1918–1930 and coeditor of Turizm: The Russian and East European Tourist under Capitalism and Socialism, both from Cornell.
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Title:Republic of Labor: Russian Printers and Soviet Socialism, 1918-1930Format:HardcoverDimensions:360 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.44 inPublished:June 10, 2005Publisher:CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801443083

ISBN - 13:9780801443084

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"In this beautifully crafted and deeply researched book, Diane P. Koenker explores with characteristic subtlety the social world of Soviet printers, reconstructing their responses to the drama of revolution and socialist modernization. In the richest study to date of the meanings of class in the Soviet Union, she reveals the complexity of printers' identities, engaging with issues of production, consumption, 'participatory dictatorship,' gender, generation, language and culture. It is a wonderful achievement."—Steve Smith, University of Essex