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The Russian Revolutionary Constitution and Pamphlet Literature in the 1917 Russian Revolution

Thatcher, Ian (2016) The Russian Revolutionary Constitution and Pamphlet Literature in the 1917 Russian Revolution. Europe-Asia Studies, 68 . [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09668136.2016.1184231

DOI: 10.1080/09668136.2016.1184231

Abstract

This essay examines how Russia’s constitutional status was discussed in pamphlet literature in the 1917 Russianrevolution. Taken as a discreet source, the pamphlet literature offered detailed and accessible arguments thatwere crucial to comprehending what sort of Russian revolution contemporaries thought they were engaged in.To a considerable degree, historical studies of 1917 have been determined by its outcome, with a voluminousliterature on the Bolsheviks. The pamphlets examined here provide an alternative, non-Bolshevik, promotionof a constitution of rights that sought to create a political culture that would frame and underpin a republicandemocratic revolutionary settlement. This was the dominant script and predominant expectation of 1917 thatthe victorious October Revolution managed not only to suppress, but to render historically obscure.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Russian Revolution 1917; Constitutionalism; Pamphlets
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:35070
Deposited By: Professor Ian Thatcher
Deposited On:12 Jul 2016 15:39
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:24

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