A New, Peculiar State: Explorations in Soviet History, 1917-1937

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pated subject. In other words, I decided to remain in the territory I had fortuitously reached following the foreign workers' trail. This decision gave rise to an urge to critically revise both my previous work and way of working. I believe that Chapter 1, which is the first, important fruit of this decision, justifies the sacrifice made in 1986. In any case, I feel the experience was crucial to my bildung as a historian and to my way of doing history, whose limits and biases I then learned to criticize, if not to eliminate.

Though written many years later from many angles, Chapter 4 also belongs to the foreign-workers project, to which two other essays are related. 4 This is so not only because the chapter makes use of some of the material I had accumulated for the project, but also, and above all, because it represents an attempt to speak, from my new territory, to my old colleagues in labor history.

The list of the friends and colleagues who helped me is too long to be reported in full. At the risk of being unfair, I feel the need to remember at least Antonello Venturi, Marco Buttino, Antonio Gargano, Wladimir Berelowitch, Nicolas Werth, Yves Cohen, Paul Bushkovitch, David Shearer, Aleksei Barabashev, Oleg Khlevniuk, and, among my former and current students, Alessandro Stanziani, Giovanna Cigliano, Marta Craveri, and Gijs Kessler. The Università di Napoli "Federico II," the Ministero dell'Università e della Ricerca Scientifica, the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici, the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, the European University Institute, the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, the Centre d'études russes of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes, the Kennan Institute of Advanced Russian Studies, the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, Yale's Department of History, and the Institut gosudarst- vennogo upravleniia of Moscow State University not only generously and often repeatedly supported my work, but were places where many friendships were struck. I also owe much gratitude to my graduate students at Yale and at the European University Institute, with whom I had so many interesting and warm discussions. The same applies to Russian archivists, to the members of the project "Documents of Soviet History," and to the participants in the European Seminar of Russian and Soviet History, who have made these past few years incomparably richer.


NOTES
1.
N. Davies, Europe: A History ( New York, 1998), 456.
2.
A. Graziosi, "'Building the First System of State Industry in History': Piatakov's VSNKh and the Crisis of the NEP, 1923-26," Cahiers du monde russe et soviétique 4 ( 1991): 539-580; Id., Bol'sheviki i krest'iane na Ukraine, 1918-19 gg ( Moscow, 1997). I am today working on another book, provisionally titled

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page III
  • Copyright Acknowledgments V
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Notes xiii
  • Abbreviations xv
  • 1 - G. L. Piatakov: A Mirror of Soviet History 1
  • Notes 58
  • 2 - State and Peasants in the Reports of the Political Police, 1918-1922 65
  • Notes 108
  • 3 - At the Roots of Soviet Industrial Relations and Practices: Piatakov's Donbass in 1921 119
  • CONCLUSIONS 165
  • Notes 169
  • 4 - Stalin's Antiworker Workerism": 1924-1931" 179
  • Notes 214
  • 5-- Visitors from Other Times: Foreign Workers in the Prewar Five-Year Plans 223
  • Notes 256
  • Index of Names 267
  • About the Author 273
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