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Russia in 1919

Gelesen von Expatriate

(4,618 Sterne; 17 Bewertungen)

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: On August 27, 1914, in London, I made this note in a memorandum book: "Met Arthur Ransome at_____'s; discussed a book on the Russian's relation to the war in the light of psychological background--folklore." The book was not written but the idea that instinctively came to him pervades his every utterance on things Russian. The versatile man who commands more than respect as the biographer of Poe and Wilde; as the (translator of and commentator on Remy de Gourmont; as a folklorist, has shown himself to be consecrated to the truth. The document that Mr. Ransome hurried out of Russia in the early days of the Soviet government (printed in the New Republic and then widely circulated as a pamphlet), was the first notable appeal from a non-Russian to the American people for fair play in a crisis understood then even less than now. The British Who's Who--that Almanach de Gotha of people who do things or choose their parents wisely--tells us that Mr. Ransome's recreations are "walking, smoking, fairy stories." It is, perhaps, his intimacy with the last named that enables him to distinguish between myth and fact and that makes his activity as an observer and recorder so valuable in a day of bewilderment and betrayal. - Summary by B. W. Huebsch (4 hr 15 min)

Chapters

Prefatory Notes

8:03

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To Petrograd

12:49

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Smolni

7:39

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Petrograd to Moscow

5:18

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First Days in Moscow

20:15

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The Executive Committee on the Reply to the Prinkipo Proposal

21:53

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Kamenev and the Moscow Soviet

7:24

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An Ex-Capitalist

9:11

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A Theorist of Revolution

5:15

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Effects of Isolation

3:17

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An Evening At the Opera

7:26

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The Committee of State Constructions

13:04

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The Executive Committee & the Terror

9:27

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Notes of Conversations With Lenin

7:20

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The Supreme Council of Public Economy

9:11

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The Race With Ruin

7:03

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A Play of Chekhov

4:07

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The Centro-Textile

8:17

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Modification in the Agrarian Programme

2:28

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Foreign Trade & Munitions of War

3:26

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The Proposed Delegation From Berne

5:19

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The Executive Committee on the Rival Parties

10:28

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Commissariat of Labour

9:50

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Education

11:03

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A Bolshevik Fellow of the Royal Society

2:43

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Digression

2:04

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The Opposition

20:33

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The Third International

11:43

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Last Talk With Lenin

6:53

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The Journey Out

2:03

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Bewertungen

(4 Sterne)

A very positive account of the Bolsheviks, probably written to ensure continued access to Bolshevik leaders. Lots of interesting details , fortunately in short chapters so one does not get bogged down. Clearly read by Expatriate. Worth the quick read if you are interested in this period of history.

great narration, great book

(5 Sterne)

I've been wanting to learn more about the history of the Russian revolution, and what better way than with a first hand account as an outsider journalist. I loved it, each chapter ended sooner than I wanted

(5 Sterne)

fantastic insight into the Russia of the time. amazing access to some of the key architects or conspirators if you will all of the revolution

very interesting

(4 Sterne)

very interesting snapshot of a tumultuous time. well read.