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By S. A. Smith

A special comparative account of the roots of Communist revolution in Russia and China. Steve Smith examines the altering social identities of peasants who settled in St Petersburg from the Eighties to 1917 and in Shanghai from the 1900s to the Nineteen Forties. Russia and China, notwithstanding very diversified societies, have been either dynastic empires with backward agrarian economies that all at once skilled the effect of capitalist modernity. This ebook argues that way more occurred to those migrants than just being remodeled from peasants into staff. It explores the migrants' id with their local houses; how they obtained new understandings of themselves as contributors and new gender and nationwide identities. It asks how those id differences fed into the broader political, social and cultural strategies that culminated within the progressive crises in Russia and China, and the way the Communist regimes that emerged considered those variations within the operating sessions they claimed to symbolize.

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