I.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS

IN September 1917, the result of the Great War still hung in the balance. The power of Germany seemed still to grow more terrible and more relentless. The inactivity of Russia, whose armies had in the years before so often lightened the burden on the Western fronts, added a heavy load to the anxieties of those who prayed for the success of the Allied cause. For a time one name seemed to bring light out of the darkness. Kerenski stood forth in the eyes of the world as the saviour of Russia. By his indomitable will and genius in inspiring the people, he was to make Russia again one of the active partners in our great enterprise. At the very least he could hold masses of Germans on the Eastern front until America was ready. It was under the glamour of Kerenski's name, when the news of his waning fortunes had scarcely begun to reach America, that I first came to Russia. The reasons for his loss of strength and power had not been known in America at all. Rumors, indeed, of sinister import had begun to reach us from the interior of Russia. But these could not dispel for a moment the impression left in the

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  • Title Page 5
  • Foreword 11
  • Contents 13
  • Introduction 17
  • I - FIRST IMPRESSIONS 22
  • II - THE MASSES 51
  • III - THE BOLSHEVIKI 80
  • IV - THE BOLSHEVIKI 105
  • V - THE INTELLIGENTZIA 134
  • VI - THE INTELLIGENTZIA 163
  • VII - CONCLUSIONS 186
  • Index 201
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