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Borders of Socialism: Private Spheres of Soviet Russia by L. Siegelbaum

By L. Siegelbaum

This attention-grabbing e-book argues that during Russia the family among tradition and kingdom, paintings and lifestyles, commodity and trash, usually diverged from frequent Western eu or American models of modernity. The essays convey how private and non-private overlapped and formed one another, developing new views on contributors and society within the Soviet Union.

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Stolypin launched a reform program intended to replace the commune with individual, self-contained private farms (otruby and khutora). 11 In Russia, the Stolypin Reforms played this role by converting the household usad’ba into the private property of the bol’shak. Although some peasants were eager to become rural entrepreneurs, peasant women were at the forefront of a decade of violent and nonviolent resistance to the Reforms. 13 On the eve of World War I, peasants returned to the commune in increasing numbers.

Zhores Medvedev, Soviet Agriculture (New York: Norton, 1992), 8. In contrast, see Steven Grant, “Obshchina and Mir,” Slavic Review 35, no. 4 (1976), 636–651; and Kingston-Mann, “Peasant Communes and Economic Innovation,” 23–51. 9. Esther Kingston-Mann, “The Return of Pierre Proudhon: Privatization, Crime and the Rules of Law,” Focaal: European Journal of Anthropology forthcoming, 2006. 10. — while limiting the growth of rural differentiation. In podvornoe districts, rates of innovation were marginally greater, but accompanied by dramatically higher levels of economic polarization.

Page numbers will be given parenthetically in the text to the English-language version translated by Pieta Monks and published by The Seal Press (Seattle, 1990). ” Natalya Baranskaya, A Week Like Any Other, Novellas & Stories (Seattle: Seal Press, 1990), 39. See Shlapentokh, Love, Marriage, and Friendship, 175–179, 193–195, 223–224. Part 1 Private Enterprise and Private Property C h ap t e r O n e Claiming Property: The Soviet-Era Private Plots as “Women’s Turf” Esther Kingston-Mann Each of the political regimes that held sway in Russia during the twentieth century—tsarist, Soviet, and post-Soviet—attempted to impose radically different property systems upon peasants who were prime objects of government policy.

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