Soviet Union

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.