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You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at Title: The Crisis in Russia 1920 Author: Arthur Ransome Posting Date: August 15, 2008 [EBook #1326] Release Date: May, 1998 Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE CRISIS IN RUSSIA *** Produced by An Anonymous Volunteer THE CRISIS IN RUSSIA By Arthur Ransome TO WILLIAM PETERS OF ABERDEEN INTRODUCTION THE characteristic of a revolutionary country is that change is a quicker process there than elsewhere.
As the revolution recedes into the past the process of change slackens speed.
Russia is no longer the dizzying kaleidoscope that it was in 1917.
No longer does it change visibly from week to week as it changed in 19l8.
Already, to get a clear vision of the direction in which it is changing, it is necessary to visit it at intervals of six months, and quite useless to tap the political barometer several times a day as once upon a time one used to do....
But it is still changing very fast.
My journal of -Russia in 1919,- while giving as I believe a fairly accurate picture of the state of affairs in February and March of 1919, pictures a very different stage in the development of the revolution from that which would be found by observers today. The prolonged state of crisis in which the country has been kept by external war, while strengthening the ruling party by rallying even their enemies to their support, has had the other effects that a national crisis always has on the internal politics of a country. Methods of government which in normal times would no doubt be softened or disguised by ceremonial usage are used nakedly and justified Tue Apr 04 19:15:54 2017 2 b...

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