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Peasant Dreams and Market Politics
Labor Migration and the Russian Village, 1861–1905
Burds, Jeffrey
Examines how peasant migration—the movement of males to cities for wage labor—affected villages before the Bolshevik revolution. New Russian sources are utilized.

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Jeffrey Burds is associate professor of Russian and Soviet history and co-director of the Center for the Study of Russia and the Soviet Union at Northeastern University.
“The strength of his presentation is in its rich, well-informed description of specific cases, often with long quotations from primary sources new to the literature, together with complete command of the modern literature on peasant Russia.”—Choice Nov 98

“His eye for the telling details of social relations, consumption, reputation, and the principals of navigation between two worlds illuminate subject after subject.”—James C. Scott, Yale University

"This work is a notable addition to a growing literature on the Russian peasantry . . . His specific contribution is his exploration of the interplay between economic and cultural imperatives and his firm focus on what the interaction between the village and the world outside meant in practice for all concerned." ––H-Russia, February 2000

"The author gracefully incorporates anthropology, discourse theory, and even psychology to analyze the evolution of peasant economic strategies as the traditional patriarchal household and its institutions and customs for social control came under attack by the rapid shift to a commodity economy, growth of factory industry, and regional centralization of trade in Russia." ––Kritika, vol. 1, no. 1, Winter 2000

"Burds’s regional approach . . . makes Peasant Dreams and Market Politics such an invaluable contribution to historiography. Avoiding too-large generalizations, he builds up a credible picture of the intricate social fabric that bound peasant migrants in the central industrial region to the village community and the agricultural sector." ––International Social Review of History, vol. 44, 1999

“This book makes an important contribution to illuminating the intersection of economic, social, and cultural history in late imperial Russia. . . . Burds’s work should be widely read by students of rural history, labour history, and peasant studies; it would also be valuable in courses in the areas or on imperial Russia generally.”--Heather Coleman, Canadian Slavonic Papers, 41.3-4 (Sept.-Dec. 1999)

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Examines how peasant migration—the movement of males to cities for wage labor—affected villages before the Bolshevik revolution. New Russian sources are utilized.
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