“Ransome’s book is a literal account of the six weeks he spent in Russia in early 1919. In the 18 months since the Bolsheviks seized power, the West had become, if possible, even more disenchanted with their government. The Bolsheviks had made a separate peace with Germany, then launched a terror against their own people, and of course they were fighting the white armies in the Russian civil war, who were being covertly supported by Britain and others. So the book is Ransome’s first-hand account of what it was to be like in Petrograd and Moscow during a period when almost all Western observers had left the country. Most had left because it was dangerous, but also because the Bolsheviks wouldn’t speak to anybody who wasn’t sympathetic to them.” Read more...
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