White Siberia: The Politics of Civil War

White Siberia: The Politics of Civil War

White Siberia: The Politics of Civil War

White Siberia: The Politics of Civil War

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White Siberia provides a detailed history of internal politics in Siberia from 1917 to 1922, and the role of the Siberian conflict in the Russian Revolution and Civil War.

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With the opening up of the former Soviet archives a great deal of new material has become available for scholarly research. The present study is based in part on the fonds of the Central State Archive of the October Revolution (TsGAOR), recently renamed the State Archive of the Russian Federation, especially the so-called Prague Archive containing documents drawn from both Red and White sources that were taken out of Russia temporarily by the evacuating Czechoslovak Legion in 1920 and returned under the supervision of Academician I.I. Mints in late 1945 to TsGAOR in Moscow. Use also has been made of selected materials at the Archives du Quai d'Orsay's Ministère des Affaires étrangères (Direction des Affaires politiques et commerciales, "Russie d'Asie") in Paris; the Public Records Office in London and Kew; the Hoover Institution Archives in Stanford, California; the Bakhmeteff Archives at Columbia University in New York; and the National Archives and Records Service in Washington, D.C.

I am grateful for the assistance I received from several other institutions and their staffs: the New York Public and Columbia University libraries during my tenure as a senior fellow at the Harriman Institute for the academic year 1987-88; the Library of Congress during two sojourns at the Kennan Institute; the Russian State Library (formerly the Lenin State Library) in Moscow and the Library of the Academy of Sciences in St Petersburg; the State Museum of the Political History of Russia in St Petersburg; the Bancroft Library of the University of California in Berkeley; the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris; the School of Slavonic and East European Studies Library in London; and most . . .

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