Russia's Factory Children (Paperback)
State, Society, and Law, 1800–1917 (Russian and East European Studies)
University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822960485, 228pp.
Publication Date: October 30, 2009
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Russia's Factory Children presents the first English-language account of the changing role of children in the Russian workforce, from the onset of industrialization until the Communist Revolution of 1917, and profiles the laws that would establish children's labor rights.
In this compelling study, Boris B. Gorshkov examines the daily lives, working conditions, hours, wages, physical risks, and health dangers to children who labored in Russian factories. He also chronicles the evolving cultural mores that initially welcomed child labor practices but later shunned them.
Through extensive archival research, Gorshkov views the evolution of Russian child labor law as a reaction to the rise of industrialism and the increasing dangers of the workplace. Perhaps most remarkable is his revelation that activism, from the bourgeoisie, intellectuals, and children themselves, led to the conciliation of legislators and marked a progressive shift that would impact Russian society in the early twentieth century and beyond.
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Praise For Russia's Factory Children: State, Society, and Law, 1800–1917 (Russian and East European Studies)…
—Steven Mintz, Columbia University
—Ben Eklof, Indiana University
—Alice K. Pate, Columbus State University
“Succeeds both as Russian history and as a comparative complement to studies of child labor, rform, civil society, and industrialization elsewhere. Highly recommended.”
“Pathbreaking. One of the most important aspects of Gorshkov’s study is its use of comparative analysis. This book will force readers to consider how accurately Russia is placed (or not placed) in its European context both in the story of Russia’s industrialization and in broader fields such as world history or labor history.”
—The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review
“Gorshkov has managed in this concise book to add a new dimension to the history of Russian labour, as well as contributing to current debates about the role of the state, the growth of civil society, and the perception of childhood.”
—Canadian Slavonic Papers
“Gorshkov’s interesting and conceptually provocative book examines child labor in the countryside, the impact of industrialization, the difficult working conditions for children in factories, and, finally, the concerns of both educated society and officialdom that led to new labor laws.”
—The Journal of Modern History