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Stalin's Constitution : Soviet participatory politics and the discussion of the 1936 draft Constitution

Author: Samantha Lomb
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018. ©2018
Series: Routledge studies in modern European history, 49.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Upon its adoption in December 1936, Soviet leadifers hailed the new so-called Stalin Constitution as the most democratic in the world. Scholars have long scoffed at this claim, noting that the mass repression of 1937-1938 that followed rendifered it a hollow document. This study does not address these competing claims, but rather focuses on the six-month long popular discussion of the draft Constitution, which  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Named Person: Joseph Stalin; Joseph Stalin
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Samantha Lomb
ISBN: 1351759841 9781351759847 9781138721845 1138721840 9781315194004 1315194007
OCLC Number: 1014382401
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 178 pages)
Contents: Citizenship and a social contract : the drafting of the 1936 Constitution --
Daily life in Kirov in the 1930's --
Local realities : the implementation of the discussion of the draft constitution --
Validators of Socialist victory : the discussion in the local press --
Popular voices : interpreting citizens' rights and duties --
Integration, exclusion, and accountability --
The constitution, the 1937 elections, and repression.
Series Title: Routledge studies in modern European history, 49.
Other Titles: Soviet participatory politics and the discussion of the 1936 draft Constitution
Responsibility: Samantha Lomb.

Abstract:

"Upon its adoption in December 1936, Soviet leadifers hailed the new so-called Stalin Constitution as the most democratic in the world. Scholars have long scoffed at this claim, noting that the mass repression of 1937-1938 that followed rendifered it a hollow document. This study does not address these competing claims, but rather focuses on the six-month long popular discussion of the draft Constitution, which preceded its formal adoption in December 1936. Drawing on rich archival sources, this book uses the discussion of the draft 1936 Constitution to examine discourse between the central state leadifership and citizens about the new Soviet social contract, which delineated the roles the state and citizens should play in developing socialism. For the central leadifership, mobilizing its citizenry in a variety of state building campaigns was the main goal of the discussion of the draft Constitution. However, the goals of the central leadifership at times stood in stark contrast with the people's expressed interpretation of that social contract. Citizens of the USSR focused on securing rights and privileges, often related to improving their daily lives, from the central government."--Provided by publisher
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