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Description - Russia's Peasants in Revolution and Civil War by Aaron B. Retish

How did peasants experience and help guide Russia's war, revolution, and civil war? Why in the end did most agree to live as part of the Bolshevik regime? Taking the First World War to the end of the Civil War as a unified era of revolution, this book shows how peasant society and peasants' conceptions of themselves as citizens in the nation evolved in a period of total war, mass revolutionary politics, and civil breakdown. Aaron Retish reveals that the fateful decision by individuals to join the Revolution or to accommodate their lifestyle within it gave the Bolsheviks the resources and philosophical foundation on which to build the Soviet experiment and reshape international politics. He argues that peasants wanted more than land from the Revolution; they wanted to be active citizens. This is an important contribution to our understanding of the nature of the Russian Revolution and peasant-state relations.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521896894
ISBN-10: 0521896894
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Pages: 310
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Aaron B. Retish

Aaron B. Retish is Assistant Professor in the Department of History, Wayne State University.

Books By Aaron B. Retish

Russia's Peasants in Revolution and Civil War by Aaron B. Retish
Paperback, February 2012
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