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Interpreting the Russian Revolution: The Language and Symbols of 1917

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The authors examine the diverse ways that language and other symbols--including flags and emblems, public rituals, songs, and codes of dress--were used to identify competing sides and to create new meanings in Russia's political struggles of 1917. 32 illustrations.
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published October 11th 1999 by Yale University Press
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This book, which as I heard was mostly Kolonitskii's work, sees the February Revolution and its aftermath as a struggle of competing symbolic systems and describes the ways in which language (texts and symbols) was used to shape identities and create new meanings. This history of the revolutionary political culture could have been very dry and theoretical, but actually turned out to be an extremely engaging work and an easy and enjoyable read. The source base is very wide, a
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Orlando Figes is a British historian of Russia, and a professor of history at Birkbeck, University of London.
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