By Daniel J. Walkowitz

In July 1989 coal miners in the course of the Soviet Union engaged in a major strike that in short captured global headlines and inaugurated a stream of strike committees that persevered around the Soviet/post-Soviet divide. during this choice of interviews and essays in keeping with encounters over a three-year interval, the voices of business employees and their households within the japanese Ukrainian urban of Donetsk, the coal capital of the Donbass, are heard. The tales amassed right here enable Western readers to "hear" those humans describe their struggles for survival and identification in stipulations of monetary, political and social disintegration/transformation; and to research their stories and different kinds of texts when it comes to altering meanings of labor, gender, and nationwide id. incorporated are an exam of the "older iteration" that got here of age through the Stalin period; an research of the miners' circulate and the alternate union politics that emerged out of the strike of 1989; and attention at the social crises and cultural disorientations accompanying Ukrainian independence.

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