Revolution and the People in Russia and China: A Comparative History (The Wiles Lectures)

Revolution and the People in Russia and China: A Comparative History (The Wiles Lectures)

S. A. Smith


a different comparative account of the roots of Communist revolution in Russia and China. Steve Smith examines the altering social identities of peasants who settled in St Petersburg from the Eighties to 1917 and in Shanghai from the 1900s to the Forties. Russia and China, although very various societies, have been either dynastic empires with backward agrarian economies that without warning skilled the influence of capitalist modernity. This e-book argues that way more occurred to those migrants than just being remodeled from peasants into employees. It explores the migrants' identity with their local houses; how they got new understandings of themselves as contributors and new gender and nationwide identities. It asks how those id adjustments fed into the broader political, social and cultural procedures that culminated within the progressive crises in Russia and China, and the way the Communist regimes that emerged considered those ameliorations within the operating periods they claimed to symbolize.

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