Revolutionary Russia: New Approaches to the Russian by Rex A. Wade

By Rex A. Wade

This assortment provides the key contemporary writings at the Russian Revolution and its context. It brings jointly key texts to demonstrate new interpretive ways and covers the vital issues and issues. jointly, the chapters during this quantity shape a coherent illustration of either the occasions and the theories and debates that relate to them.

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7 Recent writing about the revolution has centered more on the process of revolution, its dynamics during 1917 – how did it get from February to October (and beyond), how did the Bolsheviks manage to gain power, what was the role of various actors and of specific crises or issues in that process? This collection reflects that by focusing on the process of revolution after February rather than on the pre-1917 conditions that led to revolution. Today there is no dominant paradigm or approach to writing the history of the Russian Revolution.

14 PETROGRAD IN 1917 1111 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1011 1 2 3111 4 5 6 7 8 9 20111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40111 1 2 3 44111 precondition for the October Revolution. Smith’s conclusion that the October Revolution was “the political resolution of a long-drawn out social crisis” and of deep social divisions reflects the fundamentally new interpretation of the Bolshevik rise to power that social history provided (even though most social historians, like others, did not question the old notion of October as “a wellorganized coup carried out by the Bolshevik party at the behest of Lenin”).

The major factories of Petrograd and the main organizations of labor welcomed the new government. It is true that a minority of workers opposed what they saw as a violent and illegal seizure of power that threatened to engulf Russia in civil war. , bank employees and draftsmen), and the odd factory such as the Pal′ textile mill located in the mainly bourgeois Alexandro-Nevskii district of Petrograd. There is little doubt, however, that the majority of workers were pleased to hear that Kerensky had fled the city.

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