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Peasant Russia Civil War: The Volga Countryside in Revolution 1917-1921

Figes, Orlando

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ISBN 10: 019822169X / ISBN 13: 9780198221692
Published by Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1991
Used Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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391 pages. Light pencil underlining in introduction. Some fading to covers. Otherwise, tight clean copy. Record # 855536. Bookseller Inventory # 855536

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Title: Peasant Russia Civil War: The Volga ...

Publisher: Clarendon Press, Oxford

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: None

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This is the first non-Soviet history of the Volga countryside during the Russian revolution and civil war of 1917-1921. The product of extensive study of numerous archival sources--many of them from central government archives, and previously considered highly secret--it reconstructs the revolutionary experience of the peasantry in the crucial Volga region, situated immediately behind the military fronts between the Reds and the Whites. Figes examines in detail the impact of the revolution on the villages. With the destruction of the old agrarian state, the task of reforming the social life of the countryside was left to the peasants, who set about reconstructing the order according to traditional peasant notions of social justice. The ability of the Bolsheviks to mobilize the peasantry is explained in terms of political and social developments at the village level during the civil war. The civil war, Figes argues, left a deep scar on the peasant economy and peasant-state relations, which influenced the entire development of the Soviet regime.

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Orlando Figes graduated from Cambridge with a double-starred First in History in 1982. He was made Research Fellow at Trinity College in 1984, completing his Ph.D. in 1987. Since joining Cambridge's History Faculty as a University Assistant Lecturer in 1987, he has become Lecturer in History and Teaching Fellow of the College. He is also Chair of History at Birkbeck College, London.

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