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Securing the Benefits of Socialism: Understanding Peasant Legal Culture and Gender Dynamics in the People's Courts, 1917-1929

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Russian, East European and Eurasian Center
Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Language Building, 9707 S Mathews Ave, Urbana
Jun 25, 2013   12:00 pm  
Aaron B. Retish, Associate Professor of Russian History, Wayne State University
This event is free and open to the public
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Professor Retish is the author of Russia’s Peasants in Revolution and Civil War: Citizenship, Identity, and the Creation of the Soviet State, 1914-1922 (Cambridge UP, 2008) and co-editor of the journal Revolutionary Russia. In this lecture he will draw on his current book project funded by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, American Philosophical Foundation and NCEEER. Tentatively entitled “In the Courts of Revolution: Vengeance, Legality, and Citizenship in the Rural Soviet Courtroom, 1917-1939,” this research examines how rural Soviet citizens engaged local legal organs, such as the people’s courts, from the 1917 Communist revolution until the eve of World War II to reveal a vibrant legal culture among Soviet peasants. Professor Retish will pursue this research  during his stay at SRL.

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