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Mind and Labor on the Farm in Black-Earth Russia,

David Kerans, Researcher at the Davis Centre for Russian Studies,
Harvard University


*Choice Outstanding Academic Book for 2002*

Choice, the magazine of the American Library Association has selected Mind and Labor on the Farm in Black-Earth Russia by David Kerans as a 2002 Outstanding Academic Title

Did Tsarist Russia's political and industrial backwardness result from its rigid and archaic agrarian structure? Did the Russian revolution stem in large part from a parasitical elite's exploitation of an enormous peasant class? Was the Russian peasantry itself backward and 'dark' as a result? The attention contemporaries and historians have lavished on these questions has enshrined them as fundamental issues in Russian history. Mind and Labor on the Farm in Black-Earth Russia endeavors to recast our understanding of the agrarian problem by uncovering the history of both the physical and the mental dimensions of agriculture. Employing Russia's unparalleled resources of literary, agronomic and statistical information on peasant labor and culture, this book also offers new and haunting perspectives on the limitations of traditional agriculture to adapt to a rapidly changing economic geography, such as that of late nineteenth and early twentieth century Russia.

Historians have long agreed that Russia's agricultural sector was incapable of rapid increases in productivity, and thus doomed to stagnation and poverty. Obstacles imposed by the communal organization of agriculture, the scarcity of education, the oppressive power of landlords and the lack of non-agricultural employment are recognized as having shackled peasant farming in centuries-old backward routines. The Russian Revolution of 1917 and Stalin's brutal collectivization of agriculture at the close of the 1920s are commonly understood to have been natural outcomes of these frustrating circumstances.

By taking a ground-level view of the evolution of Russian agricultural technique, the author arrives at a very different understanding of the agrarian problem. The book identifies both the achievements and the limitations of peasant farmers in adapting farming practices to the economic and technological challenges of the half-century preceding the Revolution. Most importantly, the book delves deeply into peasant life and culture to demonstrate how and why farming improvements did not pass determinable levels.

"[readers] ... will be rewarded by a comprehensive description of how peasants in Tambov province farmed in the three-field system before 1914. The choice of province is appropriate: situated in the black-earth belt of central Russia, it was one of the regions that, rightly or wrongly, defined the agrarian question. Using a wealth of published and archival sources, the book includes the only detailed account ... of the entire crop cycle." - American Historical Review

"...quite simply a resource that no historian can afford not to read. [recommended to] All academic collections." - Choice


Introduction. Part I: Farming through the peasant's eyes Part II: Towards a history and understanding of agronomic aptitude Part III: The three-field system and beyond Part IV: Government's solution to the agrarian problem Part V: Alternatives for reform Conclusion

491 pages
ISBN 978-963-9116-94-8 cloth $59.95 / €49.95 / 40.00