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Living the Revolution: urban communes & soviet socialism, 1917-1932

Willimott, A. (2016) Living the Revolution: urban communes & soviet socialism, 1917-1932. Oxford Studies in Modern European History. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198725824

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This book follows a revolutionary trend popular among young activists and would-be radicals after 1917, the formation of collective units of cohabitation and association known as 'urban communes'. In these spaces, activists tried to live what they understood as the 'socialist lifestyle', self-consciously putting Marxist and Bolshevik theories into practice. By telling the story of the urban communes, this book reveals how grand revolutionary ideals, such as collectivism, equality, proletarian ethics, and modern practice, were experienced, understood, and appropriated on a human level. This enables us to better understand the messy realities of the early Soviet state, showing how ideological beliefs and revolutionary contingencies actually came into being during this time.

Item Type:Book
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Modern European Histories and Cultures
ID Code:48485
Publisher:Oxford University Press

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