January 10, 2016, by Harry Cocks

The Russian Home Front In War And Revolution, 1914-22

My new book, Russia’s Home Front in War and Revolution, 1914-22, edited with Liudmila G. Novikova and Aaron B. Retish, presents a series of essays from leading international scholars that expand our understanding of the Russian Revolution through the detailed study of specific localities, Sarah Badcock writes. Answering the important question of how locality affected the revolutionary experience, these essays provide regional snapshots from across Russia that highlight important themes of the revolution. Drawing on new empirical research from local archives, the authors contribute to the larger historiographic debates on the social and political meaning of the Russian revolution as well as the nature of the Russian state. Russia’s Revolution in Regional Perspective highlights several important themes of the period that are reflected in this volume: a multitudinal state, the fluidity of party politics, the importance of violence as a historical agent, individual experiences, and the importance of economics and social forces. We reconceptualize developments in Russia between 1914 and 1922 as a kaleidoscopic process whose dynamic was not solely determined in the capitals.

Russia’s Revolution in Regional Perspective is the first of four books comprising the volume Russia’s Home Front in War and Revolution, 1914–22, which studies Russia’s Home Front from the First World War through the Civil War. They are part of a broader centennial series on  “Russia’s Great War and Revolution, 1914–22.”

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