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Captives of Revolution: The Socialist Revolutionaries and the Bolshevik Dictatorship, 1918-1923
The Socialist Revolutionaries (SRs) were the largest political party in Russia in the crucial revolutionary year of 1917. Heirs to the legacy of the People’s Will movement, the SRs were unabashed proponents of peasant rebellion and revolutionary terror, emphasizing the socialist transformation of the countryside and a democratic system of government as their political goal ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published April 30th 2011 by University of Pittsburgh Press
(first published April 15th 2011)
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Excellent book on the Socialist-Revolutionary party's failed attempt to provide a revolutionary and democratic alternative to the Bolsheviks and the Whites during the Civil War. The Socialists-Revolutionaries attempted to reject the discourse of either/or typical to the Civil War period, a discourse of these for and against the Russian statehood promoted by the Whites and a discourse of for and against the working-class promoted by the Bolsheviks. But in war conditions their attempt to provide a ...more