The Best Sons of the Fatherland: Workers in the Vanguard of Soviet Collectivization

Paperback | April 1, 1994

byLynne Viola

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In this ground-breaking study Lynne Viola--the first Western scholar to gain access to the Soviet state archives on collectivization--brilliantly examines a lost chapter in the history of the Stalin revolution. Looking in detail at the backgrounds, motivations, and mentalities of the25,000ers, Viola embarks on the first Western investigation of the everyday activities of Stalin's rank-and-file shock troops, the "leading cadres" of socialist construction. In the process, Viola sheds new light on how the state mobilized working-class support for collectivization and revealsthat, contrary to popular belief, the 25,000ers went into the countryside as willing recruits. This unique social history uses an "on the scene" line of vision to offer a new understanding of the workings, times, and cadres of Stalin's revolution.

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In this ground-breaking study Lynne Viola--the first Western scholar to gain access to the Soviet state archives on collectivization--brilliantly examines a lost chapter in the history of the Stalin revolution. Looking in detail at the backgrounds, motivations, and mentalities of the25,000ers, Viola embarks on the first Western invest...

Lynne Viola is at University of Toronto.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:302 pages, 8.15 × 5.43 × 0.63 inPublished:April 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019504262X

ISBN - 13:9780195042627

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"A valuable contribution to the understanding of a subject that is more often dealt with in polemical terms than in scholarly detachment."--Lyman H. Legters, University of Washington