Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xviii

This book examines the actions of peasants during the Russian Revolution of 1905. It concentrates on the right-bank Ukraine, an agriculturally advanced region known before 1917 as the south-western borderland of the Russian Empire,l and is based on research conducted in regional Soviet archives little used by western historians. The work deals at the same time with the larger issues...

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1. A Theoretical Debate, a Political Struggle

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pp. 1-34

On May 2,1905, peasants in the province of Kiev withheld their labor from the large estate on which they had been working. Three years later, a correspondent of the semi-official Russian Imperial Free Economic Society, conducting a survey of the recent rural disorders, reported on the Kiev events:...

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2. Economy and Society in the Southwest

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pp. 35-81

The southwest (after I9I7, the right-bank Ukraine) comprised the prerevolutionary provinces of Kiev, Volynia, and Podol'e, all of which became part of the Russian Empire after the third partition of Poland in 1795.1 Most of the region was in the northern reaches of the "black earth" zone, in the fertile open steppe. The northern half of Volynia (the westernmost province), however, was in the...

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3. A Strike Movement-Demands and Tactics

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pp. 82-132

The Revolution of 1905 did not fall like a bolt of lightning from a cloudless sky. These events were the culmination of tensions that had been building for half a century, if not longer. The peasant emancipation of 1861 changed many personal and economic relationships on the land, but it did not usher in an era of progress and prosperity in rural Russia. In return for their personal freedom and...

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4. A Peasant Movement-Patterns and Participants

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pp. 133-168

Between the spring of 1905 and the summer of 1907, more than 2,000 strikes took place in the right bank. Nearly all of these manifestations appeared to follow a well-understood script from which there were few variations. The logic of wage labor on the southwest's large estates dictated actions undertaken by the...

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5. The Consequences of the Prussian Path

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pp. 169-178

At the outset of this book, I raised the two standard questions that must be posed in any examination of rural disturbances. Which factors determined peasant behavior at moments of disorder? Which elements of the peasantry participated in movements of resistance? Each of these questions is, in turn, linked to the other issues that have engaged activists and scholars for the last century...

Glossary

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pp. 179-180

Bibliographical Note

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pp. 181-184

Index of Sources

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pp. 185-188

General Index

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pp. 189-195