The Electrification of Russia, 1880–1926 is the first full account of the widespread adoption of electricity in Russia, from the beginning in the 1880s to its early years as a state technology under Soviet rule.
Jonathan Coopersmith is Professor of History at Texas A&M University.
"Coopersmith ends up showing how revolutionary the Stalin era turned out to be, and how the radical dream of achieving a quick leap from backwardness to modernity, while eliminating exploitation, persisted throughout the uncertain decade of the 1920s."
"The Electrification of Russia deserves careful attention: Coopersmith presents a balanced treatment of electrification in both the tsarist and Soviet eras, and his many comparisons between the two periods help illustrate the pattern of electrification. His numerous references to developments in the West are also valuable, highlighting the peculiarities of the Russian and Soviet situation. Given the dearth of scholarly studies of technology in Russia and the Soviet Union, this volume is particularly noteworthy."