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    Online Resource
    Online Resource
    Cambridge : Cambridge University Press
    Format: 1 Online-Ressource (viii, 249 pages) , digital, PDF file(s)
    ISBN: 9781139167482
    Series Statement: The Wiles lectures
    Content: A unique comparative account of the roots of Communist revolution in Russia and China. Steve Smith examines the changing social identities of peasants who settled in St Petersburg from the 1880s to 1917 and in Shanghai from the 1900s to the 1940s. Russia and China, though very different societies, were both dynastic empires with backward agrarian economies that suddenly experienced the impact of capitalist modernity. This book argues that far more happened to these migrants than simply being transformed from peasants into workers. It explores the migrants' identification with their native homes; how they acquired new understandings of themselves as individuals and new gender and national identities. It asks how these identity transformations fed into the wider political, social and cultural processes that culminated in the revolutionary crises in Russia and China, and how the Communist regimes that emerged viewed these transformations in the working classes they claimed to represent
    Content: Introduction : capitalist modernity and communist revolution -- Memories of home : native-place identity in the city -- The awakening self : individuality and class consciousness -- After patriarchy : gender identities in the city -- Saving the nation : national and class identities in the city -- Workers and communist revolution
    Note: Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 05 Oct 2015)
    Additional Edition: 9780521886376
    Additional Edition: 9780521713962
    Additional Edition: Print version 9780521886376
    Language: English
    Subjects: History
    Keywords: China ; Russland ; Kommunismus ; Revolution ; Ursache
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