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The Best Sons of the Fatherland : Workers in the Vanguard of Soviet Collectivization Paperback – 2 Mar 1989

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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press USA; New Ed edition (2 Mar. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019504262X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195042627
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.6 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,750,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`This excellent monograph tells the story so well because the author, a young American historian, was able to gain access to Soviet governmental archives containing a wealth of first-hand material.' Foreign Affairs

`A scholarly, well-written account ... avoids moral judgments and does enlighten readers regarding the hopes, mentalities, and actions of some central historical actors.' Choice

About the Author

Lynne Viola is Professor of History at the University of Toronto. She is the author of The Best Sons of the Fatherland and Peasant Rebels Under Stalin, and the co-editor of The Tragedy of the Soviet Countryside.

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In this fascinating book, Lynne Viola studies the work of the 25,000 workers who went to the Soviet countryside to assist collectivisation.
As she writes, "the 25,000ers were representative of a politically and numerically significant group of workers - politically active cadre workers. Their primary motives in volunteering to participate in the campaign were not based on coercion or material self-interest. The 25,000ers were workers who, on one level or another, identified with the state and party and supported the program of the First Five-Year Plan revolution."
She continues, "The 25,000ers' role in the proletarianization of the rural apparatus through purge and recruitments was an extension of the social and political policies of the cultural revolution of the First Five-Year Plan in the cities. Purge and recruitment of working-class forces in the urban government apparatus, industry and higher education had broad ramifications in the creation of a base of social support for the state in later years, as well as providing a response to the grievances and aspirations of workers who claimed that the role of the working class had been slighted during NEP."
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In this fascinating book, Lynne Viola studies the work of the 25,000 workers who went to the Soviet countryside to assist collectivisation.
As she writes, "the 25,000ers were representative of a politically and numerically significant group of workers - politically active cadre workers. Their primary motives in volunteering to participate in the campaign were not based on coercion or material self-interest. The 25,000ers were workers who, on one level or another, identified with the state and party and supported the program of the First Five-Year Plan revolution."
She continues, "The 25,000ers' role in the proletarianization of the rural apparatus through purge and recruitments was an extension of the social and political policies of the cultural revolution of the First Five-Year Plan in the cities. Purge and recruitment of working-class forces in the urban government apparatus, industry and higher education had broad ramifications in the creation of a base of social support for the state in later years, as well as providing a response to the grievances and aspirations of workers who claimed that the role of the working class had been slighted during NEP."
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