Making Peasants Backward

Managing Populations in Russian Agricultural Cooperative, 1861-1914
Author(s): 
Kotsonis, Yanni
ISBN: 
0333725875
Date published: 
June 1999
Hardback
Price: 
£42.50
Pages: 
272

In this first monograph on the Russian cooperative movement before 1914, economic and social change is considered alongside Russian political culture. Looking at such historical actors as Sergei Witte, Piotr Stolypin, and Alexander Chaianov, and by tapping into several newly opened Russian local and state archives on peasant practice in the movement, Kotsonis suggests how cooperatives reflected a pan-European dilemma over whether and to what extent populations could participate in their own transformation.