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Proletarian Peasants

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Proletarian Peasants

The Revolution of 1905 in Russia's Southwest

Robert Edelman

208 Pages
Paperback
ISBN: 9780801494734
Cornell University Press

In this book, conceived and written for the general reader as well as the specialist, Robert Edelman uses a case study of peasant behavior during a particular revolutionary situation to make an important contribution to one of the major debates in contemporary peasant studies. Edelman's subject is the peasantry of the right-bank Ukraine, and he uses local and regional archives seldom available to Western scholars to give a detailed picture of the ways in which the inhabitants of one of Russia's most advanced agrarian regions expressed their discontent during the years 1905–1907. By the 1890s, the landlords of Russia’s Southwest had organized a highly successful capitalist form of agriculture, and Edelman demonstrates that their peasants responded to these dramatic economic changes by adopting many of the forms of political and social behavior generally associated with urban proletarians.

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"In a tightly written, nontechnical study, based largely on Soviet archival sources, Robert Edelman raises some major issues in the sociology of peasant political movements in the context of a fascinating Russian case study. Edelman raises important theoretical questions and attempts to answer them in the context of a distinct yet critical area. We are indebted to him for raising the issues with clarity and flair."

- Contemporary Sociology

About the Author

Robert Edelman is Professor of History at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Spartak Moscow: A History of the People’s Team in the Workers’ State, which was supported by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and published by Cornell University Press; it was the winner of the 2009 NASSH Book Award and the 2010 Reginald Zelnik Book Prize as well as being named a Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Title. He is also the author of Serious Fun: A History of Spectator Sports in the USSR, winner of the North American Society of Sports Historians Book of the Year. 

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