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It is a stimulating and hugely unique selection of essays from a crew of the world over well known specialists. The participants reinterpret key matters and debates, together with political, social, cultural and foreign elements of the Russian revolution stretching from the past due imperial interval into the early Soviet kingdom. With a specific emphasis on historiography, this can be crucial examining for an figuring out of the using forces of the revolution, of the position of people reminiscent of Lenin and Trotsky in addition to the wider social and political panorama, and the impression the revolution had at the wider international.
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But how typical was such a trajectory for ‘rank-and-ﬁle’ PSR or Maximalist terrorists? Among former Social-Democrat activists are such familiar personages as Stalin and Feliks Dzerzhinsky, the Cheka chief. But the brutal violence of the post-October era cannot fairly be laid at the door of the men and women extremists of 1905–7. It has surely much more to do with the cataclysmic situation unleashed by World War I – a point well brought out in the recent study by J. 50 Thus the earlier terrorists anticipated but were not responsible for Sovietera variants, still less for the problems of the contemporary world.
But instead of that it was her own mother and sister coming to have an interview with her. 23 Revelations of the ill-treatment of political prisoners were frequent in British papers, reﬂected in The Tribune’s headline for 2 March 1906: ‘Torture in Russia – Terrible Treatment of Prisoners – Girls Burned’. 24 Both episodes carried echoes of Spiridonova’s treatment, as recounted in a report in The Manchester Guardian, dated 31 March 1906: She was left almost naked in a cold damp cell. 27 In such conditions, Spiridonova provided a focus for outrage against the tyrannical regime.
Kozhinov attempts to justify these murders on the grounds that as Jews the victims were allegedly negligent of Russia’s true interests. Kozhinov, ‘Chernosotentsy’ i revolyutsiya, pp. 75–6; cf. Rawson, Russian Rightists, p. 134. Kozhinov, ‘Chernosotentsy’, p. 105, citing Stepanov, Chernaya sotnya, pp. 56–7. Daly, Autocracy under Siege, p. 174; Ascher, The Revolution of 1905, vol. I, Russia in Disarray (Stanford, 1988), p. 260. I. W. Daly in Voprosy istorii, 8, 2003, pp. 3–36. For a balanced analysis see S.