GILL, Graeme J.
Title: Peasants and Government in the Russian Revolution. First Edition in dustjacket
Publisher:  Macmillan / The London School,of Economics and Political Science, London, 1979, ISBN:0333256727
Seller ID: 113787
GILL, Graeme J. Peasants and Government in the Russian Revolution. (London): Macmillan / The London School,of Economics and Political Science, (1979) . First Edition. Pp (6),vii-xiv,1-233,(1). Index. 8vo, black cloth, gilt lettering to spine. "Focusing on the interaction between the rural policy of the Provisional Government and peasant action, Dr Gill shows how this was one of the most crucial factors in Russia's march to bolshevism. He explainsthe aspirations of the peasants in 1917 and shows how and why the governme nt failed to respond positively to their demands. The twists and turns of the government's rural policy are followed and its weaknesses explored, weaknesses which accurately reflected the internal divisions and general outlook of the government which contributed so greatly to its fall. Against the background of legislation, the developing situation in the countryside is examined at length. The mounting peasant dissatisfaction is explored in all its aspects. Peasant opposition to the government is placed within the widercontext of peasant rejection of the cities and their inhabitants, and the resulting breakdown of economic links between rural and urban areas. The author explains the relevance of this rupturing of relations to the bolsheviksuccess in October and thus explores a hitherto largely neglected aspect o f the Russian revolutidon, placing the bolshevik seizure of power within the wider context of city-countryside relations; the peasants are shown to have made a major contribution to the success of Lenin and his colleagues." (from the dj)., Contents : 1. The Growth of Tension in the Countryside. 2. The Spring Honeymoon : - The Government Programme: Local Administration; - The Peasant Response; - The Food Question; - The Land Problem. 3. The SummerUpheaval : - The Food Question; - The Land Question; - Local Government Un rest in the Villages; - The Pattern of Organisation. 4. The Dénouement : - Paralysis of the Government; - The Villages in the Autumn; - The Organisational Dichotomy; - The Geographical Distribution of Rural Unrest. 5. City ana Countryside in Revolution. Appendix I. Regions and Gubernii. Appendix II.Levels of Rural Unrest between the February and October Revolutions; Types of Peasant action against Landed Property per Month. Appendix III. Types o f Unrest by Region; Regional Unrest by Type. Appendix IV. Unrest Provided by Each Guberniia; Unrest Provided by Each Region. Appendix V. Peasant Land Ownership 1917. Very good in unclipped dustjacket. 50.00