The Lena Goldfields Massacre and the Crisis of the Late Tsarist State

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Texas A&M University Press, Jan 27, 2006 - History - 238 pages
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In 1912 a thin line of Russian soldiers, confronted by a large crowd of gold miners on strike for several weeks, reacted with fear and anger. At their officers’ orders, they opened fire, shooting five hundred unarmed protestors. The event reverberated across Russia.

The Lena goldfields massacre can be viewed from several distinct viewpoints, each presenting a contrasting story. Author Michael Melancon avoids prematurely picking a “right” way of looking at the massacre. Instead, he explores all aspects of the incident, from the despair of the miners at the poor conditions they faced, to the calculations and priorities of the mining entrepreneurs and state officials, and even the rationale of the soldiers who pulled the triggers.

The Lena Goldfields Massacre and the Crisis of the Late Tsarist State will appeal to anyone interested in labor relations, in revolutionary movements, and in transitions associated with modernization. Its comparative framework will be helpful for generalists and Europeanists. It will also provide food for thought for those who seek a carefully researched examination of Russian society during the early twentieth century.

 

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Contents

The Early History of Lena Gold Mining
9
Modern Lena Gold Mining Lenzoto and the Workers 18611912
26
The History or Worker Unrest in the Lena Region 18421912
64
The Lena Goldfields Strike and Shooting
78
Politics the Strike Committee and Competing Discourses
115
Unexpected Consensus In Russian Society
153
Conclusion
185
Selected Items from Lenzoto Work Contract For 191112
197
Selected Items from Our Demands Submitted to Lenzoto 3 March 1912
201
Notes
203
Bibliography
223
Index
233
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Michael Melancon, who received his Ph.D. from Indiana University, is a professor of history at Auburn University.

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