Living the Revolution: Urban Communes & Soviet Socialism, 1917–1932
Andy Willimott’s monograph Living the Revolution is an exemplary study of the people who founded, developed and lived in urban communes in the early Soviet Union. These individuals, Willimott argues, were both progenies and progenitors of Soviet socialism. Spurred to participate in communes by revolutionary fervour, the communards in term shaped the Soviet state in small but significant and perceptible ways. This book takes their previously overlooked contributions seriously, and explores the impact that they had on Soviet socialism and culture.