New PDF release: After the Gold Rush: A Bicycle Journey Through American

By John Stuart Clark

ISBN-10: 1907869603

ISBN-13: 9781907869600

In 1849, a number of hundred thousand american citizens and Europeans started streaming throughout ‘The nice American Desert’ sure for the gold fields of California. Their dream was once to strike it wealthy, but when the Gold Rush epitomizes the yankee Dream, their trek during the desolate tract turned the worst of nightmares. one hundred fifty years later, British biking journalist John Stuart Clark retraces a similar roads, rivers and trails taken through the 40 Niners, suffering throughout 3,000 miles of inhospitable terrain, scuffling with violent sandstorms and withering warmth. biking the place no sane individual would select to cycle, at a time whilst the fiercest twister and worst institution bloodbath on checklist shake the country, Clark tells the tales of these he encounters with an unusual sensitivity and figuring out. half travelogue, half social historical past, all particularly good written, this can be the undying tale of a country taking inventory of itself and the yank Dream.

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Some party secretaries, eager to impress others with their recruiting zeal, passed out blank party cards freely to anyone who wanted one. With vast numbers of people moving around in the early 1930s as a result of industrialization, party organizations were unable to keep track of "real" party members. Quite often, a person would simply produce a party membership card, claim to have moved to the area recently, and ask for a position (or party rations or access to other party privileges). Especially if the person seemed skilled and useful, the local party officials did not bother to check references.

78 Some records were kept on dubious odds and ends of nonrectangular and torn paper that contained important lists or even the sole existing notes of meetings. 79 Although the central Moscow agencies and the Western Regional party organizations had their own stationery, it was rare for anyone below the regional level to have anything more than a notarial-type seal with its imprint. The filing system of the various party committees defies rational comprehension. Even allowing for the intermittent and possible random nature of file selection by the Germans in Smolensk in 1941, it is clear that there were often few criteria for selecting what to put in which file.

A party member at the time would have been mystified by such a label. To understand the political events of the thirties in the Communist Party and in the USSR, it is necessary briefly to review various elements of the party's history and tradition: definitions of membership, principles of organization, and the theory and practice of purging the party. The following discussion reviews these norms and traditions as they developed in the late 1920s, using the party purges of 1929 and 1933 as examples of the accumulated experience of the period.

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