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Memoirs of the Russian Provisional Government 1917

Thatcher, Ian (2014) Memoirs of the Russian Provisional Government 1917. Revolutionary Russia, 27 (1). pp. 1-21. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09546545.2014.902839

DOI: 10.1080/09546545.2014.902839


This article is the first examination of memoirs written by former members of the RussianProvisional Government (RPG) 1917. It is argued that despite difficulties in comparison,when viewed collectively the memoirists can be divided into ‘optimists’ and ‘pessimists.’Moreover, the issues over which the memoirists disagree, which include legitimacy, personality, policy, periodisation, and coalition, challenge existing writing on 1917. Current textbooks seek to explain October and not the RPG. The memoirists help us to address thisimbalance. Finally, the ‘optimist’ case suggests the need for a historiographical shiftaway from dominant negative assessments of the RPG to a more positive appreciation ofits accomplishments.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts > School of English and History
Faculty of Arts
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute > History
Arts and Humanities Research Institute
ID Code:29322
Deposited By: Professor Ian Thatcher
Deposited On:22 Apr 2014 15:38
Last Modified:22 Apr 2014 15:38

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