Mass Uprisings in the USSR: Protest and Rebellion in the Post-Stalin Years

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M.E. Sharpe, 2002 - History - 351 pages
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Until recent times, incidents of mass unrest in the USSR were shrouded in official secrecy. Now this pioneering work by historian Vladimir A. Kozlov has opened up these hidden chapters of Soviet history. It details an astonishing variety of widespread mass protest in the post-Stalin period, including workers' strikes, urban riots, ethnic and religious confrontations, and soldiers' insurrections. Kozlov has drawn on exhaustive research in police, procuracy, KGB, and Party archives to recreate the violent major uprisings described in this volume. He traces the historical context and the sequence of events leading up to each mass protest, explores the demographic and psychological dynamics of the situation, and examines the actions and reactions of the authorities. This painstaking analysis reveals that many rebellions were not so much anti-communist as essentially conservative in nature, directed to the defense of local norms being disturbed by particular instances of injustice or by the rash of Krushchev-era reforms. This insight makes the book valuable not only for what it tells us about postwar Soviet history, but also for what it suggests about contemporary Russian society as well as popular protests in general.
 

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Mastering New Territories in Kazakhstan and Siberia The Crisis of Modernization and the Heritage of the Gulag in the 1950s
23
Unrest in the Military Soldiers Riots and Disorders
44
Violent Ethnic Conflicts in the Virgin Lands
72
The Return of the Deported Nations to the Northern Caucasus The 1958 Riots in Grozny
87
Political Disturbances in Georgia After the CPSU Twentieth Party Congress
112
A Hooligans War or Battles on the Margins Uprisings of Marginalized Urban Masses
136
Orthodoxy in Revolt Uprisings Among Religious Believers
163
THE CRISIS OF LIBERAL COMMUNISM ANTIKHRUSHCHEV URBAN UPRISINGS AND DISORDERS 19611964
171
Biisk1961 or The Uprising on Market Day June 25 1961
215
The Phenomenon of Novocherkassk Part One
224
The Phenomenon of Novocherkassk Part Two
251
RearGuard Battles of the Late Khrushchev Era
288
UNRULY STAGNATION MASS UPRISINGS FROM THE LATE 1960S TO THE MID1980S
303
Social Unrest and Symptoms of Decay in the Brezhnev Years
305
Conclusion
311
Notes
315

The Early 1960s Symptoms of a SocialPolitical Crisis
173
Krasnodar RSFSR January 1516 1961
181
101 Kilometers from Moscow Disorders in Murom and Aleksandrov RSFSR
193

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