Re: [OPE-L] SV: [OPE-L] RGASPI Russian archive

From: Dave Zachariah (davez@KTH.SE)
Date: Mon Feb 04 2008 - 16:53:40 EST

Hi Martin,

Your research topic is interesting. I have not read much on it except
Moshe Lewin's "The Soviet Century" (Verso, 2005) which roughly covers
your period 1930-1980. It is a bit fragmented work but overall very
good. Most importantly it is not written with a polarised Cold War

I must say that I'm surprised that such research is conducted at the
Stockholm School of Economics, arguably one of our most bourgeois

//Dave Z

on 2008-02-01 21:39 Martin Kragh wrote:
> Hi Dave,
> Thanks for your comment. In my archive research I look at recently
> declassified statistics and reports on the development of the Soviet
> labour market, especially in relation to the abrogation of the labour
> law of June 1940, in year 1956. The more moderate labour laws which
> were introduced after Stalin died allowed for a larger mobility and
> flexibility, as earlier, workers could not easily leave their
> workplace "on their own accord". Also, tardiness  by more than 20
> minutes, which had earlier been suppressed, was no longer a crime.
> These shifts, which I am able to show hopefully, created new
> contradictions in the economy; as urbanization continued to grow, with
> turnover and tardiness exploding in certain sectors on the one hand,
> and lay-offs becoming more widespread, on the other hand. With the new
> data, we can see branch and region wise, who left for what reasons,
> and where to over a longer period of time (1950-1970). It is also
> possible to look at the quantities of tardiness and spoilage at sector
> and ministry level. Other variables show age and gender
> strucutre. However, considering the outstanding growth numbers in the
> very same years, the picture is further complicated, and I believe it
> tells us a lot about how labour markets are developed in general, when
> a multitude of social processes are intertwined. My hope is to
> cover the whole period 1930-1980, but that might not be possible, at
> least not in very great detail.
> This research will, according to plan goal estimates, hopefully
> debouch into a PhD-thesis which will then be defended in late 2009.
> But apart from my economic historical research, I also look into the
> life and work of the Russian economist and historian I.I. Rubin. When
> time allows, I would like to use declassified files to write an
> article on him, his work at the MEL-institute (in the 1920s) together
> with D. Razyanov, and how he was targeted by Stalin in the Menshevik
> processes (1930), which would in the end lead to his early death in
> the Great Terror. I restrain myself to say to much before any
> conclusive evidence can be presented.
> Kind regards
> Martin

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