Nineteenth Century Russia: Opposition to Autocracy by Derek Offord

By Derek Offord

This concise and available advent to Russia within the 19th century, focuses relatively at the upward push of radicalism. Derek Offord examines the entire significant faculties of suggestion and appears intimately on the nice thinkers and writers of the day, together with Herzen, Chernyshevsky, Bakunin and Tolstoy. additionally tested and set in context are the nice 'events' within the historical past of Russian radicalism, from the Decembrist rebel to the 'going to the folk' in 1874.

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By Derek Offord

This concise and available advent to Russia within the 19th century, focuses relatively at the upward push of radicalism. Derek Offord examines the entire significant faculties of suggestion and appears intimately on the nice thinkers and writers of the day, together with Herzen, Chernyshevsky, Bakunin and Tolstoy. additionally tested and set in context are the nice 'events' within the historical past of Russian radicalism, from the Decembrist rebel to the 'going to the folk' in 1874.

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The senior was S. P. Shvetsov, an old Socialist Revolutionary (SR). As soon as Shvetsov's imposing figure appeared on the dais, somebody gave a signal, and a deafening uproar broke out. The stamping of feet, hammering on the desks and howling made an infernal noise. The public in the gallery and the Bolshevik allies, the Left Socialist Revolutionaries, joined in the tumult. The guards clapped their rifle hutts on the floor. From various sides guns were trained on Shvetsov. He took the President's hell, but the tinkling \vas drowned in the noise.

521 M. F. Andreyeva looked after the canteen, and he would ask her: "What do you think, are the workers getting enough to eat? No? H'm, h'm. " Once when he came to the inn where I was staying, I noticed him feeling the bedding with a preoccupied air. " I asked. " At first I didn't understand. Why should he want to know what the sheets were like in London? " In the autumn of 1918 I asked a worker from Sormovo, Dmitry Pavlov, what he thought was Lenin's most striking feature. He answered: "Simplicity.

Really, really. But here you can neither get well, nor do anything. There is nothing for you here but bother, useless bother. Go away and get well. Don't be obstinate, I implore you! Yours, LENIN For more than a year, he insisted with astonishing persistence that I should leave Russia. I was amazed that, entirely absorbed in work as he was, he should remember there was a sick person somewhere in need of rest. He wrote letters like this to different people -scores, probably. AITITUDE TOWARD COMRADES I have already described his quite exceptional attitude to the comrades, his attention to them, which penetrated down even to the smallest details of their lives.

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