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The Voice of the People

C. J. Storella and A.K. Sokolov

Abstract

This book presents a collection of peasant writings composed during the early years of the Bolshevik regime. Drawn entirely from Russian archival sources, it presents more than 150 previously unpublished letters addressed to newspapers, government officials, and Communist Party leaders. The letters and accompanying commentary result in a unique history of the Soviet peasantry's engagement and struggle with a powerful state, enabling readers to hear the voice of a social class that throughout history has too often been rendered voiceless.

Keywords: peasant writings, Bolshevik regime, Russian archival sources, unpublished letters, newspapers, government officials, Communist Party leaders, Soviet peasantry, social class, powerful state

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780300112337
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300112337.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

C. J. Storella, editor

A.K. Sokolov, editor

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Introduction

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Chapter 1 Revolution and War Communism

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Chapter 2 The Old Village and the New Economic Policy

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Chapter 3 Smychka The Bond between City and Village

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Chapter 4 Was Society Transformed?

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Chapter 5 People and Power

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Chapter 6 Whither Socialism?

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Chapter 7 The Great Break

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Conclusion

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End Matter