More than seventy years since the Bolsheviks came to power, there is still no comprehensive study of workers’ activism in history’s first successful workers’ revolution. Strikes and Revolution in Russia, 1917 is the first effort in any language to explore this issue in both quantitative and qualitative terms and to relate strikes to the broader processes of Russia’s revolutionary transformation. Diane Koenker and William Rosenberg not only provide a new basis for understanding essential elements of Russia’s social and political history in this critical period but also make a strong contribution to the literature on European labor movements. Using statistical techniques, but without letting methodology dominate their discussion, the authors examine such major problems as the mobilization of labor and management, factory relations, perceptions, the formation of social identities, and the relationship between labor protest and politics in 1917. They challenge common assumptions by showing that much strike activity in 1917 can be understood as routine, but they are also able to demonstrate how the character of strikes began to change and why.
Originally published in 1990.
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