The British Press and Revolutionary Russia, 1917
Woolever, Michael H.
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In the following pages I will examine certain crucial events which took place in revolutionary Russia from the March revolution, which marked the end of Tsardom, to the Bolshevik take over in November, which established the world first Marxist-socialist government. I will examine these events--the March Revolution, the May Cabinet crisis, the offensive and revolt of July, the counterrevolution attempt in September, end the Bolshevik take over -- from the point of view of an Englishman contemporary to the events. That is to say I will examine the events of the Russian Revolution as they appeared in the various British publications of the period. Although I offer no set thesis, I believe that certain points will become apparent. I believe that British policy and diplomacy during, the period were based on a total misunderstanding of the forces and events behind the revolution in Russia and that this misunderstanding was carried over into the press, partly due to government censorship policies, but mainly due to certain prejudices inherent in the most influential organs of the press. The idealistic reasons for which the Allies claimed to be fighting were nowhere more completely neglected than in their treatment of Revolutionary Russia. All other considerations were subordinated to the efficient conduct of the war and to the maintenance of certain imperialistic war aims. The pages of the various British publications are filled with articles attesting to these facts.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request access to this SIP.