In the summer of 1924, the Bolshevik Party called on scholars, the police, the courts, and state officials to turn their attention to the villages of Russia. The subsequent campaign to 'face the countryside' generated a wealth of intelligence that fed into the regime's sense of alarmed conviction that the countryside was a space outside Bolshevik control.
Richly rooted in archival sources, including local and central-level secret police reports, detailed cases of the local and provincial courts, government records, and newspaper reports, Face to the Village is a nuanced study of the everyday workings of the Russian village in the 1920s. Local-level officials emerge in Tracy McDonald's study as vital and pivotal historical actors, existing between the Party's expectations and peasant interests. McDonald's careful exposition of the relationships between the urban centre and the peasant countryside brings us closer to understanding the fateful decision to launch a frontal attack on the countryside in the fall of 1929 under the auspices of collectivization.
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Tracy McDonald is an associate professor in the Department of History at McMaster University.Review:
‘This rich study has a great deal to say about the rural background to collectivization, and about the way that party leaders responded to, and were frustrated by, peasants’ actions and attitudes ... This is a thoughtful, penetrating, and important contribution to our understanding of the Soviet village during NEP and collectivization.’(James W. Heinzen American Historical Review)
‘Tracy McDonald’s book presents a fascinating insight into the intricate world of the Central Russian peasant in the years before the violent imposition of collectivization ... the book is an engrossing study which will be of great value to researchers and students interested in the relationship between state and society in the wake of tumultuous events and in understanding the world of the pre-collectivization Soviet peasantry.’(Christopher Lash Europe-Asia Studies)
‘A thoughtful, penetrating, and important contribution to our understanding of the Soviet village during NEP ( New Economic Policy) and collectivization.’(James W. Heinzen American Historical Review vol 118:03:2013)
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