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Tapping Productivity: Shock Work, Stakhanovism, and Working Class Identity in Central Asia

Tapping Productivity:  Shock Work, Stakhanovism, and Working Class Identity in Central Asia

Abstract: While Central Asia was seen as a wasteland of “backwardness” in the 1910s, it had become a collection of politically significant nations within the USSR only a few decades later. This paper argues that the productivity campaigns of the Soviet Union were essential in expanding opportunities for the indigenous in Central Asia.

Valjean’s Escape: Photographs of Haussmann’s Underground Paris

Valjean’s Escape: Photographs of Haussmann’s Underground Paris

(Volume III, Issue 2)
Abstract: While traditional accounts of the Haussmann reconstruction of Paris allege that the reconstruction was completed for military reasons, namely to ensure government control of the city, this paper proposes a second cause: sanitation. By examining the prints of photographer Felix Nadar, it becomes obvious that sanitation played a key role in the Haussman reconstruction.