W. Bruce Lincoln Book Prize


Honorable Mentions

Honorable Mention: Jeffrey S. Hardy
Title: The Gulag after Stalin: Redefining Punishment in Khrushchev’s Soviet Union, 1953-1964  (Cornell University Press)

Placing Khrushchev’s reform of the Soviet penal system into the larger comparative framework of global penal reform in the postwar era, Jeffrey Hardy offers an ambitious examination of the role of prisons and punishment in post-Stalin society. Based on a wealth of archival materials from across the former USSR, Hardy demonstrates how the interlinking concerns of economic productivity, desire for reeducation and the need for control served both to shape a new legal framework for punishment based on “socialist legality,” and to restrict the reforms that could actually be implemented. Clearly and succinctly argued, The Gulag After Stalin sheds new light upon the shifting role of the penal system in Soviet society and demonstrates the value of a comparative approach that aligns the policies (and shortcomings) of the Soviet government with other modern regimes.

Honorable Mention: Andy Willimott
Title: Living the Revolution: Urban Communes & Soviet Socialism, 1917-1932  (Oxford University Press)

In Living the Revolution, Andy Willimott offers an intriguing analysis of grassroots initiatives by urban communes to interpret and embody the ideals of the October Revolution in everyday life. By focusing on the experience of urban communes established by student as well as worker enthusiasts, he brings to life the spirit of experimentation and excitement that inspired ordinary Soviet citizens to enact socialist values in their dayto-day lives and revolutionize their own living conditions. Through their attempts to transform the everyday (byt), these enthusiasts promoted their own understandings of the meaning of revolution. Written in a lively, engaging style and drawing together a wide range of scattered sources to reconstruct the urban communes of the 1920s, this elegant book offers a thoughtful reassessment of the role of popular initiative in helping to shape official Soviet policy from 1917 through Stalin’s “Great Break.”

Winner: Erika Monahan