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This book explores the impact of the 1917 Revolution on factory life in the Russian capital. It traces the attempts of workers to take control of their working lives from the February Revolution through to June 1918, when the Bolsheviks nationalised industry. Although not primarily concerned with the political developments of the Revolution, the book demonstrates that the sphere of industrial production was a crucial arena of political as well as economic conflict. Having discussed the structure and composition of the factory workforce in Petrograd prior to 1917 and the wages and conditions of workers under the old regime, Dr Smith shows how workers saw the overthrow of the autocracy as a signal to democratise factory life and to improve their lot. After examining the creation and activities of the factory committees, he analyses the relationship of different groups of workers to the new labour movement, and assesses the extent to which it functioned democratically.
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' ... The problem of workers' control in Russia is an essential element of the 1917 revolution, and as such has occupied generations of scholars ... Smith's book, as a local study based on factory level sources (archives, newspapers, union journals) successfully cuts through the view from the top to describe what workers' control was about in Petrograd factories.' Social History
' ... a most welcome addition to the rapidly growing list of major works by British and American historians on the real world of Russian during the tumultuous years of the late-imperial era ... Red Petrograd is a work of meticulous scholarship and provocative argument. it deserves a wide readership.' Economic History Review
'Smith's painstaking analysis is buttressed by an admirably international and interdisciplinary range of reference.' The Times Higher Education Supplement
This book explores the impact of the 1917 Revolution on factory life in the Russian capital. It traces the attempts of workers to take control of their working lives from the February Revolution through to June 1918, when the Bolsheviks nationalised industry. The book demonstrates that the sphere of industrial production was a crucial arena of political as well as economic conflict.
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Book Description Cambridge University Press, 1983. Condition: Used: Very Good. This is a very good clean copy with no inscriptions. It has a very good, unclipped dust jacket. It will be posted from the UK within 24 hours by family run bookstore. Please let me know if you require photos of the actual book and I will send them through to you. Just to clarify â " This is NOT AN EX-LIBRARY COPY. Seller Inventory # 5jan2020/19
Book Description Cambridge University Press. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Ex-Library copy with typical library marks and stamps. Dust jacket missing. Shelf and handling wear to cover and binding, with general signs of previous use. Boards betray fading and nicks and other signs of wear and imperfection commensurate with age. Binding is tight and structurally sound. Library accoutrements in the usual locales. Sealed in plastic bag for shipping. Secure packaging for safe delivery. Seller Inventory # 827311601
Book Description Cambridge Univ Press, Cambridge, 1983. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 347pp. Index. Notes. Bibliography. Explores the impact of the 1917 Revolution on factory life in the Russian capitaL. DJ sunned. Sticker on inside front board. DJ in protective cover. Text clean and binding tight. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 001125