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A Companion to the Russian Revolution

Orlovsky, Daniel (Editor)

Blackwell Companions to World History


1. Edition September 2020
480 Pages, Hardcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd

ISBN: 978-1-118-62089-2
John Wiley & Sons

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A compendium of original essays and contemporary viewpoints on the 1917 Revolution

The Russian revolution of 1917 reverberated throughout an empire that covered one-sixth of the world. It altered the geo-political landscape of not only Eurasia, but of the entire globe. The impact of this immense event is still felt in the present day. The historiography of the last two decades has challenged conceptions of the 1917 revolution as a monolithic entity-- the causes and meanings of revolution are many, as is reflected in contemporary scholarship on the subject.

A Companion to the Russian Revolution offers more than thirty original essays, written by a team of respected scholars and historians of 20th century Russian history. Presenting a wide range of contemporary perspectives, the Companion discusses topics including the dynamics of violence in war and revolution, Russian political parties, the transformation of the Orthodox church, Bolshevism, Liberalism, and more. Although primarily focused on 1917 itself, and the singular Revolutionary experience in that year, this book also explores time-periods such as the First Russian Revolution, early Soviet government, the Civil War period, and even into the 1920's.
* Presents a wide range of original essays that discuss
* Brings together in-depth coverage of political history, party history, cultural history, and new social approaches
* Explores the long-range causes, influence on early Soviet culture, and global after-life of the Russian Revolution
* Offers broadly-conceived, contemporary views of the revolution largely based on the author's original research
* Links Russian revolutions to Russian Civil Wars as concepts

A Companion to the Russian Revolution is an important addition to modern scholarship on the subject, and a valuable resource for those interested in Russian, Late Imperial, or Soviet history as well as anyone interested in Revolution as a global phenomenon.

Notes on Contributors

Editor's Acknowledgments

Introduction: The Russian Revolution at 100

Daniel Orlovsky

Part I Signs, Near and Far

1 Long-term causes of the Russian Revolution

Peter Waldron

2 The First Russian Revolution, 1890-1914

Frank Wcislo

3 Russia at War: War as Revolution, Revolution as War

Christopher J. Read

4 Support for the Regime and Right Wing Reform Plans Late 1916- Early 1917

Mikhail Loukianov

PART II. The February Revolution

5 The Duma Committee, The Provisional Government, and the Birth of "Triple Power" in 1917

Tsuyoshi Hasegawa

6 The Practice of Power in 1917

Ian Thatcher

7 The Duma Revolution

A. B. Nikolaev

8. The Dynamics of Violence in War and Revolution

V. P. Buldakov

9 Russian Political Parties in the Russian Revolution of 1917-18

Lutz Haefner

10 Workers' Control and the "Workers' Constitution," the Fabzavkoms and Trade Unions in 1917

Nikolai Mikhailov

11 Peasant Dreams and Aspirations in the Russian Revolution

Aron Retish

12 Liberalism

Stephen F. Williams

13 Military Revolution and War Experience

Laurie Stoff

14 To Accept or Not to Accept, that was the Question: The Role of the Russian Artistic and Literary World in 1917

Ben Hellman and Tomi Huttunen

15 Political Tradition, Revolutionary Symbols and the Language of Revolution in 1917

Boris Kolonitskii

16 Counter Revolution and the Tsarist Elite

Matthew Rendle

17 Revolution in the Borderlands; the Case of Central Asia in Comparative Perspective

Marco Buttino

18 Finland and the Russian Revolution, 1899-1919

Aleksi Meinio

19 Finland in 1917

Hannu Immonen

20 Part I: War and the "Russian" Revolutions

Mark Von Hagen

20 Part II: Revolution as War: The Western Borderlands Post-October

Mark Von Hagen

21 1917 in the Provinces

Sarah Badcock

22 Religion and Revolution: The Orthodox Church transformed

Gregory Freeze

23 Gender and Revolution, 1914-21

Elizabeth White

24 Revolution and Foreign Policy

Michael Hughes

25 Law and Revolution, 1917-21

William Pomeranz

PART III October and Civil Wars

26 The Bolsheviks and Their Message in 1917

Lars Lih

27 A Soviet Government?

Geoffrey Swain

28 The Political Economy of War Communism

Erik Landis

29 Civil Wars

Jon Smele

30 Early Soviet Culture: Education, Science and Proletkult

Murray Frame

31 Jews in the Revolution

Michael Hickey

32 Prospects for Transformation in the Early 1920's

Tracy McDonald

33 Revolution and Memory

Frederick Corney

34 Archiving the Russian Revolution

William Rosenberg


Daniel Orlovsky was born in Chicago and educated at Harvard (AB, AM PH.D.). He studied Russian at the Defense Language Institute, Monterey, CA while in the US Marine Corps. At Southern Methodist University since 1976, he served as Department Chair, (1986 - 97) and Director of the SMU in Oxford summer school at University College, Oxford (1994 - present). He has been Visiting Professor of History at UC Berkeley, Stanford, and the University of Texas at Austin and continues to make frequent research trips to Russia and Helsinki, Finland. His research interests include the Russian Provisional Government, bureaucracy, the role of white-collar workers/lower middle strata in Russian and Soviet history, and the intersection of institutions, society and politics across the divide of the Russian Revolution.