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Moral Communities: The Culture Of Class Relations In The Russian Printing Industry, 1867-1907
by Mark Steinberg
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This valuable study offers a rare perspective on the social and political crisis in late Imperial Russia. Mark D. Steinberg focuses on employers, supervisors, and workers in the printing industry as it evolved from a state-dependent handicraft to a capitalist industry. He explores class relations and the values, norms, and perceptions with which they were made meaningful. Using archival and printed sources, Steinberg examines economic changes, workplace relations, professional organizations, unions, strikes, and political activism, as well as shop customs, trade festivals, and everyday life. In rich detail he describes efforts to build a community of masters and men united by shared interests and moral norms. The collapse of this ideal in the face of growing class conflict is also explored, giving a full view of an important moment in Russian history.
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"This is good cultural history in the broadest sense."--Abraham Ascher, author of The Revolution of 1905: Russia in Disarray
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"This is good cultural history in the broadest sense." (Abraham Ascher, author of The Revolution of 1905: Russia in Disarray)
About the Author
Mark D. Steinberg is Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Russian and East European Center at the University of Illinois.
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