The Russian Revolutionary Constitution and Pamphlet Literature in the 1917 Russian Revolution

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Abstract

This essay examines how Russia’s constitutional status was discussed in pamphlet literature in the 1917 Russianrevolution. Taken as a discreet source, the pamphlet literature offered detailed and accessible arguments thatwere crucial to comprehending what sort of Russian revolution contemporaries thought they were engaged in.To a considerable degree, historical studies of 1917 have been determined by its outcome, with a voluminousliterature on the Bolsheviks. The pamphlets examined here provide an alternative, non-Bolshevik, promotionof a constitution of rights that sought to create a political culture that would frame and underpin a republicandemocratic revolutionary settlement. This was the dominant script and predominant expectation of 1917 thatthe victorious October Revolution managed not only to suppress, but to render historically obscure.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1635-1653
Number of pages19
JournalEurope-Asia Studies
Volume68
Issue number10
Early online date4 Jul 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016

Keywords

  • Russian Revolution 1917
  • Constitutionalism
  • Pamphlets

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