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Lef and the Left Front of the Arts

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Book Series: Slavistische Beitraege ISBN: 9783876901862 Year: Pages: 242 DOI: 10.3726/b12462 Language: German
Publisher: Peter Lang International Academic Publishing Group
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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This study analyzes the artistic theory and practice of the Left Front of the Arts (Levyi front iskusstv - Lef) with a special focus on the journal Lef (1923-1925). Two themes are central to this account: the organizational activities of the Lef group directed toward making Futurism a formative force within the Soviet culture and the artistic proposals published in Lef that had the same goal.

Fellow Travellers

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ISBN: 9781789624915 Year: Pages: 282 Language: English
Publisher: Liverpool University Press Grant: Liverpool John Moores University
Subject: History
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Fellow Travellers examines the shifting practices and strategies adopted by Communist militants as they sought to build and maintain support on the railways. In a period in which the Communist party struggled to establish a foothold in many French workplaces, activists on the railways bucked the trend and set down deep and lasting roots of support. They maintained this support even through the sectarian period of the Comintern’s shift to class against class, deepening their participation within railway industrial relations and gaining the experience of engagement with managers and state officials upon which they would build during the years of the Popular Front. Here France’s railway employees joined alongside their fellow workers in shaping a new social contract for workers, extending the principle of democratic representation into the workplace. While the Popular Front experiment proved shortlived, its influence was long lasting. In the post Liberation period, the key tenets of the Popular Front experience re-emerged within the nationalised SNCF, shaping the particular character of railway industrial relations – the peculiar mix of collaboration and hostile confrontation between management and workforce that continues to make the French railways one of the most contested sectors of the modern French economy.

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