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Behind the Front Lines of the Civil War: Political Parties and Social Movements in Russia, 1918-1922 Vladimir N. Brovkin

Behind the Front Lines of the Civil War: Political Parties and Social Movements in Russia, 1918-1922

Vladimir N. Brovkin

Published March 10th 1994
ISBN : 9780691032788
Hardcover
472 pages
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Countering the powerful myth that the civil war in Russia was largely between the Whites and the Reds, Vladimir Brovkin views the struggle as a multifaceted social and political process. Brovkin focuses not so much on armies and governments asMoreCountering the powerful myth that the civil war in Russia was largely between the Whites and the Reds, Vladimir Brovkin views the struggle as a multifaceted social and political process. Brovkin focuses not so much on armies and governments as on the interaction of state institutions, political parties, and social movements on both Red and White territories. In the process, he exposes tbe weaknesses of the various warring factions in a Russia plagued by strikes, mutinies, desertion, and rebellions. The Whites benefited from popular resistance to the Reds, and the Reds, from resistance to the Whites. In Brovkins view, neither regime enjoyed popular support. Pacification campaigns, mass shooting, deportations, artillery shelling of villages, and terror were the essence of the conflict, and when the Whites were defeated, the war against the Greens, the peasant rebels, went on. Drawing on a remarkable array of previously untapped sources, Brovkin convicts the early Bolsheviks of crimes similar to those later committed by Stalin. What emerges behind the front lines is a picture of how diverse forces - Cossacks, Ukrainians, Greens, Mensheviks, and SRs, as well as Whites and Bolsheviks - created the tragic victory of a party that had no majority support. This book has important contemporary implications as the world again asks an old question: Can Russian statehood prevail over local, regional, and national identities? Vladimir N. Brovkin is Associate Professor of History at Harvard University.