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Stalin’s Constitution

Soviet Participatory Politics and the Discussion of the 1936 Draft Constitution

BySamantha Lomb

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Upon its adoption in December 1936, Soviet leaders hailed the new so-called Stalin Constitution as the most democratic in the world. Bourgeois scholars have long scoffed at this claim, noting that the repression of 1937–1938 that followed rendered 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 leadership and citizens about the new Soviet social contract, which delineated the roles the state and citizens should play in developing socialism. For the central leadership, mobilizing its citizenry in a variety of state building campaigns was the main goal of the discussion of the draft Constitution. Part of the Socialist Politics & Legislation Series

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Publication Date
Aug 20, 2022
Language
English
Category
History
Copyright
Some Rights Reserved - Creative Commons (CC BY)
Contributors
By (author): Samantha Lomb

Specifications

Pages
186
Binding
Perfect Bound
Interior Color
Black & White
Dimensions
US Trade (6 x 9 in / 152 x 229 mm)

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