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The Agrarian Policy of the Russian Socialist-Revolutionary Party
From its Origins through the Revolution of 1905–1907


Part of Cambridge Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies

  • Date Published: September 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521081153

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  • The Socialist-Revolutionary (SR) party gained an overall majority in the election to the Russian Constituent Assembly, which was dissolved by the Bolsheviks in January 1918. The SRs derived the bulk of their electoral support from the peasantry, and the gulf between the predominantly urban Bolshevik party and the rural masses was to create immense problems for the Soviet government in the 1920s, culminating in the horrors of forced collectivization. The SRs offered an alternative vision of the Russian peasant's path to socialism. They were closer to the peasantry than any other revolutionary party, and more aware of the problems involved in implementing a socialist transformation of Russian agriculture. In this study the author traces the development of SR agrarian policy in the party's formative years, from the period of disillusionment which followed the failure of the Populist 'movement to the people' of the 1870s, through the revolutionary years 1905–7, to the subsequent reaction under Stolypin.

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    • Date Published: September 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521081153
    • length: 236 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.31kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. From Populism to the SR party (1881–1901):
    1. The Populist legacy
    2. The first peasant Brotherhood
    3. The Agrarian-Socialist League
    4. Rural propaganda in Saratov guberniya
    5. The party and the League
    Part II. The campaign for the peasantry (1902–1904)
    6. The peasant movement of 1902
    7. The SR Peasant Union
    8. The problem of cadres
    9. Agrarian terrorism
    Part III. The revolution of 1905
    10. The party, the peasantry and the revolution
    11. The nature of the peasant movement
    Part IV. The aftermath of revolution (1906–1908):
    12. The party approves its programme
    13. Splits in the party
    14. The SR agrarian programme in the first two Dumas
    15. The commune, socialisation and the Stolypin reforms
    16. Party activity in the countryside

  • Author

    Maureen Perrie

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