The Baba and the Comrade: Gender and Politics in Revolutionary Russia

TitleThe Baba and the Comrade: Gender and Politics in Revolutionary Russia
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsWood, Elizabeth A.
Number of Pages325
PublisherIndiana University Press
CityBloomington
Abstract

How could the baba—traditionally, the "backward" Russian woman—be mobilized as a "comrade" in the construction of a new state and society? Drawing on recently opened archives, Elizabeth A. Wood explains why the Bolsheviks proved unable and ultimately unwilling to realize their ideological notions of a gender-neutral society. Focusing on the creation and activities of the zhenotdel, a special women’s section within the Russian Communist Party, Wood reconstructs the ways in which notions of gender sameness and difference both facilitated and complicated Bolshevik efforts at state building during the Civil War and the New Economic Policy.

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