The Russian Soviet Republic

The Russian Soviet Republic

The Russian Soviet Republic

The Russian Soviet Republic

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From wanderings in Russia during the latter half of the agitating year 1917, I brought back the conviction that nothing in our time challenges the scientific student of society so vehemently as the Russian Revolution. Either he must bit and back this wild stallion or else confess himself a poltroon. So, ever since my return, I have followed with transfixed attention the course of developments in Russia. In 1918 I published "Russia in Upheaval" and in 1921 "The Russian Bolshevik Revolution." The present volume brings the tale to the close of 1922, where I shall leave it; for on the last day of this year the "Russian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic" this book tells of ceased to be and was replaced by the "Union of Socialist Soviet Republics." Moreover, the revolutionary epoch in Russia has closed. Nothing of the old social order remains, so that now all men's thoughts are bent on reconstruction.

Let no one suppose me so naïve as to offer this book as history. It is a substitute, an Ersatz such as the blockaded Germans had to resort to, an "iron ration" to serve until real history is to be had. How, indeed, should any one be now in a position to put out anything authoritative or final on the subject? Why, something more than a hundred years elapsed before the French brought forth a scientific and adequate account of their great revolution! Moreover, I am an outsider, without access to the archives, the rulers, or even the physical aspects, of Communist Russia.

Nevertheless, my attempt to set forth its true inwardness is not quite so foolhardy as some may imagine. Despite my want of qualifications, I have one huge advantage over any . . .

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