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Red Petrograd: Revolution in the Factories, 1917–1918

Red Petrograd Revolution in the Factories This book explores the impact of the 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 throug

  • Title: Red Petrograd: Revolution in the Factories, 1917–1918
  • Author: S.A. Smith
  • ISBN: 9780521247597
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 theThis 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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    1. S.A. Smith

      Professor Steve A Smith born 1952 is an Honorary Professor of History at the University of Essex He specialises in Russian and Chinese history.He studied history at Oxford University before going on to Birmingham University to do an MSocSci and a PhD at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies While working on my PhD, he spent a year at Moscow State University during the years of stagnation under Brezhnev Later, having developed a strong interest in modern China, he spent a year in Beijing taking a course in Chinese language In 1986 he began to do research on the history of Chinese labour in the republican period 1911 1949 , spending eight months at Fudan University in Shanghai He has taught at Essex University since 1977.

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    1. In Red Petrograd Steve Smith examines the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 by stepping outside of high politics and focusing on the experiences of the working class in the book’s eponymous city. Arguing that the factories were an important realm in which the ambiguities of the new socialist rule were negotiated, Smith chronicles the workers’ attempts to run production by means of factory committees, which were intended to provide direct control of operations. In this aim they came into conflict [...]


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