Voices of Revolution, 1917
Mark D. Steinberg; Documents translated by Marian Schwartz; Documents compiled by Mark D. Steinberg, Zinaida Peregudova, and Liubov Tiutiunnik
September 10, 2003
420 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
12 b/w illus.
The documents in the volume include letters from individuals to newspapers, institutions, or leaders; collective resolutions and appeals; and even poetry. Selected from the State Archive of the Russian Federation in Moscow, nearly all the texts are published here for the first time. In these writings we hear the voices of ordinary Russians seeking to understand the revolution and make sense of the values, ideals, and discontents of their turbulent times. Not only do they speak of their particular needs and desires—for solutions to the economic crisis or an end to the war, for example—they also reveal how relatively unprivileged Russians thought about such questions as political power, freedom, justice, democracy, social class, nationhood, and civic morality. Mark Steinberg provides introductions to the documents, explaining the language of popular revolution in Russia and setting the writings in the context of the history of the time.
A full set of the documents are available on the Stalin Digital Archive website.
"The authors of the book should be commended for collecting, translating, and editing these important documents that will help historians in the study of a pivotal event in Russian and modern history." —Dmitry Shlapentokh, The Historian
"A valuable source on the confluence of words and deeds that brought a nation half-aware into its extraordinary part in a twentieth-century passion play."—Martha Weitzel Hickey, Slavic and East European Journal