The Making of Russian History
Society, Culture, & the Politics of Modern Russia. Essays in Honor of Allan K. Wildman
Publication Year: 2009
Published by: Slavica Publishers
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The Wildman Group arose during the mid-1990s as an informal discussion forum for those interested in labor and social history, with special emphasis on the Russian revolutions of 1905 and 1917. The Allan K. Wildman Group for the Study of Russian Workers and Society, as it eventually called itself, came to encompass many...
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Allan K. Wildman was a man of broad intellect and scholarly interests who encouraged everyone to maintain a wide-ranging intellectual curiosity; the articles by his former students in this collection reflect his enthusiasm about all aspects of Russian history. He made it clear that in his mind the three groups...
Allan K. Wildman: A life in Scholarship
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Allan Wildman was a major force in the field of Russian, Soviet, and East European studies, one whose further contributions were cut short by his untimely death even as he was preparing a large new research project. This volume, prepared with the exception of this essay by his former graduate students, testifies to the...
D. A. Miliutin's Impact on the Education of Russian Military Officers
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In the middle of the 19th century Russia's ruling classes were confronted with what for them proved to be an unsolvable challenge. Because of the stunning military defeat in the Crimean War (1853-56) the new Tsar Alexander II (1855-81) sought to stabilize his realm by restructuring Russian society, a...
From Classroom Conspirator to Revolutionary Soldier: Kazimierz Sosnkowski and the Revolution of 1905-07
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On Wednesday, August 15, 1906, across the Russian Empire's Polish lands a coordinated campaign by gunmen of the Polish Socialist Party (polska Partia Socjalistyczna, or PPS) attacked government officials and soldiers, the very instruments of foreign rule. The numerous and ferocious "Bloody Wednesday" attacks drove...
May Day in Late Imperial Russia: Workers' Voices, 1891-1914
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In 1890, workers in major cities across Europe organized the first May Day demonstrations to celebrate the unity of international labor against the capitalist order. In London, on May 4, 1890, 250-300,000 workers and their families rallied in Hyde Park By the next year, protesters paraded down major...
Eastward Ho! Peasant Migratory Networks of Viatka Province during Peace and Revolution, 1850-1921
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In January 1916, a peasant woman from Iaransk district, Viatka province, writing as the wife of Ivan Bezdenozhnykh, petitioned the resettlement administration for free passage on the train to Eniseisk province in Russia's Far East. Her family and their livestock could not survive on their small plot of land and she had decided to join the countless other Russian peasants who...
Workers' Bodies in the Workers' State: Prophylaxis and the Construction of Soviet Citizenship
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In 1918, as waves of disease buffeted the young state and civil war threatened to tear it apart, the People's Commissariat of Health, Narkomzdrav, set out to address the dire state of popular health in Russia. N. A. Semashko, long-time revolutionary and Bolshevik, took charge of the Commissariat and the arduous task of providing centralized...
Stalinist Families: Motherhood, Fatherhood, and Building the New Soviet Person
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It will come as a surprise to no one that parenting in Stalinist Russia was far from a private affair; it was always viewed as a social service that parents performed for the good of the collective and as the main social justification for...
Komsomol Mobilizations to Metrostroi, 1933: A Case Study in labor Recruitment during the Soviet Industrialization Era!
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For decades the spectacular Moscow Metropolitan subway stood as a compelling symbol of Soviet socialism. Communist authorities promoted it as a foretaste of life in the bright socialist future. Cynics observed that Soviet socialism never came close to reaching the high standards set by the Metro....
Lviv and the Collapse of the Soviet Union: Establishment Writers and Literary Politics on the Soviet Western Borderlands
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The Soviet Union's collapse in 1991 led to a plethora of studies on the Soviet state's role in promoting an empire of nations, ones that employed the rhetoric and practices of the state to call for its dissolution. This article considers the Soviet western borderlands' contribution to its demise. Turning to the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, it suggests that late Soviet politics of empire...
Page Count: 220
Publication Year: 2009
Series Title: The Allan K. Wildman Group Historical Series