Russia, the Revolution and the War: An Account of a Visit to Petrograd and Helsingfors in March, 1917

Russia, the Revolution and the War: An Account of a Visit to Petrograd and Helsingfors in March, 1917

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Russia, the Revolution and the War: An Account of a Visit to Petrograd and Helsingfors in March, 1917

Russia, the Revolution and the War: An Account of a Visit to Petrograd and Helsingfors in March, 1917

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Dr. Christian L. Lange of Christiana has been since the establishment of the Carnegie Endowment a valuable correspondent of the Division of Intercourse and Education. His experience in the public life of Norway, his service as a member of the Second Hague Conference, and his work as permanent secretary of the Interparliamentary Union have given him not only a wide acquaintance with international politics and with European statesmen, but unique opportunities for observing and for studying them.

In December, 1916, and still more markedly in January, 1917, there were signs that something important and significant was going on behind the scenes in Russia. The apparent paralysis of Russia's military and economic organization and effort required explanation, and the rapidly growing rumors of coming political changes called for more accurate knowledge and fuller interpretation. Under these circumstances Dr. Lange was requested by cable to proceed as promptly as might be to Russia in order to make to the Endowment a full and accurate report upon the political, economic and military situation in that country. It is doubtless fortunate that Dr. Lange was not able to undertake this mission until after a delay of several weeks, for in consequence he reached Russia just as the storm of revolution broke and so was able to see with his own eyes and to hear with his own cars the events which mark one of the greatest and most sudden political changes in all history.

The value of Dr. Lange's report is so great that the Division of Intercourse and Education has given it the widest possible publicity. It will stand as a permanent and authentic record of the happenings of fateful days in March and April, 1917.

Dr. Lange's report was completed and forwarded from Christiana before April 20, 1917. It is a striking tribute to his clear-sightedness and sagacity that the events which immediately followed have confirmed in many respects the analysis and the predictions he then made. It is profoundly to be hoped that his favorable forecasts of the future will be similarly sustained by the happenings of the next few weeks.

NICHOLAS MURRAY BUTLER, Acting Director.

June 4, 1917.

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