Profiles in Exhaustion and Pomposity: the Everyday Life of Komsomol cadres in the 1920s

The Carl Beck Papers in Russian and East European Studies

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Title Profiles in Exhaustion and Pomposity: the Everyday Life of Komsomol cadres in the 1920s
Creator Guillory, Sean
Description The article examines the daily lives of Young Communist League (Komsomol) cadres in the 1920s argue that their ability to establish local authority through consent was often undermined by their everyday conditions. The article treats the emergence of the Komsomol’s nomenklatura and cadre appointment system after the Russian civil war, cadre workload, working conditions, health, attitudes, and the Komsomol leadership’s efforts to subordinate cadre malfeasance and corruption through public scandal. The article demonstrates that without a sturdy material base upon which to generate consent, local Komsomol cadres often relied on domination to exert their authority over their rank and file members and to some extent the local population. This reliance ultimately perpetuated itself. The more cadres employed coercion, the more the means of consent atrophied, which led them to turn time and again to domination. The use of domination over consent had grave implications on the nature of Bolshevik rule. Often Komsomol cadres were the only representative of the Soviet state in rural localities, and their methods of garnering authority were representative of prevailing trends of Bolshevik governance throughout the 1920s.
Publisher University Library System, University of Pittsburgh
Contributor Fulbright-Hays, Maya Haber
William Chase, University of Pittsburgh
J. Arch Getty, University of California, Los Angeles
Lewis Siegelbaum, Michigan State University
Center for Russian and East European Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Date 2014-03-26
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article

Format application/pdf
Source The Carl Beck Papers in Russian and East European Studies; No 2303 (2014): Profiles in Exhaustion and Pomposity: The Everyday Life of Komsomol Cadres in the 1920s; 42
Language eng

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