The Russian Revolution 1917-1921

A Short History
White, James D.
Date published: 
June 1994

James White has essentially four aims in his new 'History': to provide a factual, chronological account of the main political events of the period, giving special attention to the February and October revolutions; to explain the tensions within society that led to the popular upheavals of 1917 and to show what had become of these social movements by the end of the Civil War period; to provide an intellectual history of the Revolution, looking in particular at the inadequacy of 'universalist' Bolshevik ideology in the face of the social and economic circumstances of Russia; to look critically at the nature of the sources we depend on for an understanding of the Revolution.