Competing Voices from the Russian Revolution: Fighting Words by Michael C. Hickey

By Michael C. Hickey

How larger to appreciate historical past than throughout the phrases of these who lived it? Competing Voices from the Russian Revolution: combating phrases offers files that underscore the intense richness of public dialogue approximately key occasions and concerns through the 1917 Russian Revolution, one of many pivotal occasions in smooth heritage. rigorously edited and annotated, the files support make clear the problems whereas revealing the vast diversity of the way during which Russians understood the occasions unfolding round them. concentrating on public rhetoric and debate in Russia from the outbreak of global warfare I in 1914 during the dissolution of the Constituent meeting in January 1918, the records current the perspectives not just of key political figures, but in addition of standard males and women—mothers, squaddies, manufacturing facility employees, peasants, scholars, businesspeople, and knowledgeable execs.

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The revolutionary democracy is on the correct path, the one we have strived toward. Of course, we do not arrogantly claim it does so because of us. But we feel happily confident that it is with us. We will be satisfied if our declaration played a role in setting it on this path. The revolutionary democracy is on the correct path. But its enemies are still strong. The dark forces of old Russia seek to disrupt the democracy’s work, to reduce its power to oppose the foreign enemy, to extinguish its struggle for rights.

19 These difficult tasks at this complex hour in Russia’s history demand great efforts from democratic Russia. But if inspired with confidence in its success, democratic Russia will be victorious. It truly holds the lever of action in its own hands. We involuntary exiles—forcefully separated from the great matters that occupy our motherland—quiver as we watch the Russian democracy’s strength and its struggle. As in previous years, we can only send it our very warmest brotherly greetings. The group had been created by right-wing politician Vladimir Purishkevich when he left the ultranationalist Union of Russian People in 1908.

All kinds of pressure is brought to bear upon him. He is not a free man. J. Is it true that the [Empress Alexandra] has much influence? 38 TSARITSA ALEKSANDRA TO TSAR NICHOLAS II, 14 DECEMBER 1916 A. It is only too true. Her influence is irresistible. What is worse [is that] she never comes out in the open. She interferes with everybody, but works behind their backs. You never can tell what she will do next. Every time she comes [to Stavka], she makes new trouble. J. Do the ministers ever consult you?

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