V VILLAGE

THE PEASANTS HAVE THEIR SAY

AUGUST was nearing its end. In Moscow the days had grown gray and chilly and the skies were heavy with autumn rains. But in the Ukraine summer still lingered. The sun was bright and warm, the skies blue and limpid, and peasants walked around barefooted and in light clothes. It seemed like a new world here, outwardly serene and cheerful, with no trace of the somberness of the north in man or nature. Pastures were fat with grass, mowed clover-fields shimmered with verdure, and the stubbles of harvested wheat had not yet been nipped by frost or flattened by rain or storm. Herds of cattle browsed lustily in far-stretching pastures, and the whitewashed villages set against the black earth shone like stars in a dusky sky.

A glorious land the Ukraine is--rich in color and substance and famed in song and legend for its wit and ardor, its stalwart men and its pretty women. No people in Russia speak with so melodious an intonation as the Ukrainian, or dance with such sprightly abandon,

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  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • Introduction v
  • Part I- For a New Economic Order 11
  • II- Machines 27
  • III- Machines 49
  • IV- Machines 73
  • V- Village 106
  • VI- Village 124
  • VII- Collectives 139
  • Part II- For a New Human Personality 163
  • VIII- Religion 165
  • IX- Religion 182
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  • XI- Prostitution 205
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