Hoffmann focuses on events in Moscow between the launching of the industrialization drive in 1929 and the outbreak of war in 1941. He reconstructs the attempts of Party leaders to reshape the social identity and behavior of the millions of newly urbanized workers, who appeared to offer a broad base of support for the socialist regime. The former peasants, however, had brought with them their own forms of cultural expression, social organization, work habits, and attitudes toward authority. Hoffmann demonstrates that Moscow's new inhabitants established social identities and understandings of the world very different from those prescribed by Soviet authorities. Their refusal to conform to the authorities' model of a loyal proletariat thwarted Party efforts to construct a social and political order consistent with Bolshevik ideology.Anderson, Barbara A. Internal Migration during Modernization in Late Nineteenth - Century Russia. Princeton, 1980. Andrle, Vladimir. Workers in Stalina#39;s Russia: Industrialization and Social Change in a Planned Economy. New York, 1988.
|Author||:||David Lloyd Hoffmann|
|Publisher||:||Cornell University Press - 2000|