Skip to content

Your Cart


You have 0 items in your cart.

Register Sign in Wishlist
Look Inside Russia's Peasants in Revolution and Civil War

Russia's Peasants in Revolution and Civil War
Citizenship, Identity, and the Creation of the Soviet State, 1914–1922


  • Date Published: February 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107404724

£ 31.99

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:

Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available on inspection

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • How did peasants experience and help guide Russia's war, revolution, and civil war? Why in the end did most agree to live as part of the Bolshevik regime? Taking the First World War to the end of the Civil War as a unified era of revolution, this book shows how peasant society and peasants' conceptions of themselves as citizens in the nation evolved in a period of total war, mass revolutionary politics, and civil breakdown. Aaron Retish reveals that the fateful decision by individuals to join the Revolution or to accommodate their lifestyle within it gave the Bolsheviks the resources and philosophical foundation on which to build the Soviet experiment and reshape international politics. He argues that peasants wanted more than land from the Revolution; they wanted to be active citizens. This is an important contribution to our understanding of the nature of the Russian Revolution and peasant-state relations.

    • A major contribution to our understanding of the course of the Russian Revolution
    • Based on extensive archival research in provincial Russia and the Udmurt Republic
    • Will appeal to scholars of the Russian Revolution and twentieth-century Russia across history and Slavic Studies
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    'This marvellous book, a model of the sort of regional studies that are still so badly needed in the study of the Russian revolution and Civil War. The range and depth of scholarship deployed is extraordinary in its detail, and yet the end product is written fluidly and lucidly.… Given the wealth of material assembled here, it is difficult to argue with Retish's conclusion that 'Viatka's peasants did not shy away from the changes around them [but] sought out the state and actively worked to be part of the revolution and nation' (p. 265). Revolutionary Russia

    '… readers will find a great deal to applaud in Retish's interdisciplinary study …' The Journal of Interdisciplinary History

    '… should be praised for its ambitious yet carefully crafted research design, subtle formulation of the main methodological focus, and broad engagement of the latest trends in historiography. … a book that should be credited for its comprehensive research design, a good acquaintance with mainstream methodological literature, and considerable effort invested in research in regional archives.' Ab Imperio

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107404724
    • length: 310 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The masses mobilized: militarization, conscription, and war in the village
    2. Peasant citizens: freedom and revolution in the village
    3. Peasant and nation in revolution
    4. Bringing the state back in: land disputes and Soviet power in the village
    5. Civil war and the village
    6. The resurrection of Soviet power in the countryside
    7. Big tent Bolshevism: rule by consent and the construction of the Soviet polity
    8. The citizens' hunger: famine relief efforts and the civil war economy

  • Author

    Aaron B. Retish, Wayne State University, Detroit

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.