American Historical Review

"This meticulous and detailed microhistory of peasant unrest in one southern province of late imperial Russia during the Russian Revolution of 1905 is a good example of the post-Cold War collaboration between the last generation of Soviet historians and American experts in Russian/Soviet history. As a graduate student of Leopold Henri Haimson, Burton Richard Miller began his archival research for this book in the Soviet Union as early as 1988–1989. Miller's research in Moscow was supervised by Ivan D. Koval'chenko and Leonid I. Borodkin. Haimson and his Soviet colleagues exposed Miller to the intellectual influences that would shape his doctoral dissertation (1992) as well as this book, which has grown out of that earlier research. Miller selected Kursk province as the most typical agricultural region of the Russian empire because it 'provided a good sample of incidents of agrarian revolt'. Using various statistical approaches, he emphasizes his theoretical preferences, explaining how Kursk province presented him “that setting in which the traditional agricultural orientations of peasant life, communal organization in closed villages and a high degree of cultural insularity could be expected to produce a context in which the ‘little community’ model and conceptions associated with the ‘moral economy’ frame of analysis"
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Burton Richard Miller
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