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Peasants, Political Police, and the Early Soviet State

Surveillance and Accommodation under the New Economic Policy

Authors: Hudson, H.

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This book combines social and institutional histories of Russia, focusing on the secret police and their evolving relationship with the peasantry. Based on an analysis of Cheka/OGPU reports, it argues that the police did not initially respond to peasant resistance to Bolshevik demands simply with the gun—rather, they listened to peasant voices.

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HUGH HUDSON Professor of history at Georgia State University, USA. His publications include Modernization Through Resistance: War, Mir, Tsar, and Law in the World of the Pre-reform Russian Peasantry; Blueprints and Blood: The Stalinization of Soviet Architecture, 1917-1937; and The Rise of the Demidov Family and the Russian Iron Industry in the Eighteenth Century

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'In a valuable, fresh study of the Soviet countryside and state policy, Hugh Hudson draws deeply on police reports from the 1920s. Along the way, he provides important new insight into peasant concepts of justice and legitimate government. The story of how the police and the leadership shifted after Lenin's death from realistic appraisals of rural problems to a view that 'enemies' were leading the peasantry is complex; Peasants, Political Police, and the Early Soviet State yields much new information about the development of Soviet policy in a crucial area.' Robert W. Thurston, Phillip R. Shriver Professor of History, Miami University of Ohio

'Peasants, Political Police, and the Early Soviet State focuses on Cheka/OGPU reports from the countryside, specifically how agents assessed the peasants' mood, and the sources of peasants' discontent and satisfaction. It is a tightly focused book that stays within the bounds of reports (archival materials), and it is very balanced in its treatment of Cheka/OGPU reports. It offers an original view of the Cheka/OGPU's agents' pragmatic, often empathetic analysis of the economic, agricultural, and political situation in the countryside, how and why those reports changed over time, and how the once independent analyses came to influence and then legitimize the sharp policy shifts enacted by the Stalin group. Insightful and valuable.' William J. Chase, professor, Department of History, University of Pittsburgh


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Hudson, Hugh D.

    Pages 1-5

  • State, Peasants, and Police to 1921

    Hudson, Hugh D.

    Pages 7-24

  • Famine, Market Forces, and Ameliorative Actions, 1921–1923

    Hudson, Hugh D.

    Pages 25-45

  • Lenin’s Death, “Face to the Countryside,” and Growing Police Fears, 1924

    Hudson, Hugh D.

    Pages 47-69

  • Soviet Elections, Grain Crises, and Kulaks, 1925–1926

    Hudson, Hugh D.

    Pages 71-88

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Peasants, Political Police, and the Early Soviet State
Book Subtitle
Surveillance and Accommodation under the New Economic Policy
Authors
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-01054-4
DOI
10.1057/9781137010544
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-33886-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-34197-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 177
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