History Russia AOS2 Historians

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  1. Richard Pipes, on the forceful Dismissal of the Constituent Assembly:
    "The machine gun became for them the principal instrument of political persuasion."
  2. Figes, on the forceful Dismissal of the Constituent Assembly:
    The Blosheviks didn't know how to make the change from an "underground fighting organisation" to a "responsible party of national government."
  3. Erich Wollenberg on scattered White resistance:
    All the "white guards were raised on the extreme edges of Russia"
  4. History of the CPSU, on the Cheka:
    Justifies its use as simply "created to combat counter-revolution and sabotage"
  5. Robert Service, on the implementation of War Communism:
    It's failure highlighted the problems of communism in general, and was "not very successful by most standards"
  6. David Christian, on how War Communism at least did its job:
    Sees it as a success because it "did the job of supplying the towns and armies with just enough food to keep fighting"
  7. Figes on War Communism:
    "Policies of War Communism were seen by the Bolsheviks" not just as a means to win the war, but "as an instrument of struggle" against their enemies
  8. Bernard Pares, on Red Terror:
    "Ruthless terrorism was applied wherever the Bolshevist arm reached"
  9. Volkogonov on Bolshevik use of Terror and coercion:
    Lenin "regarded it as normal to build 'happiness' on blood, coercion, and the denial of freedom"
  10. Figes on Bolshevik Terror:
    "The Bolsheviks were forced to turn increasingly to terror to silence their political critics"
  11. Sheila Fitzpatrick on reasons for Civil War victory:
    Concerning the Bolshevik victory in Civil War, "it would be inadequate to explain that victory simply in terms of military strength and terror"
  12. Revisionist Michael Lynch on the Kronstadt Rebellion:
    "It was not the demands themselves that frightened the Bolsheviks; it was the people that drafted them... the great supporters of the Bolsheviks in 1917"
  13. Fitzpatrick on the Kronstadt Rebellion:
    It was "a symbolic parting of the ways between the working class and the Bolshevik Party"
  14. R. Pipes, on the Bolshevik use of coercion:
    It was "a reversion to the autocratic practises of Tsarist Russia"
  15. Leonard Shapiro, on the Bolshevik regime:
    "Bolshevism proved less a doctrine than a technique of action for the seizing and holding of power"
  16. Robert Service, on the use of Terror by Lenin:
    Lenin had "little foresight when he set up the centralised single-party state" and only created institutions such as the Cheka as emergencies arose.
  17. Peter Kenez, on Lenin's response of Terror:
    "It would be a mistake to imagine that" Bolshevik policies were simply "the consequence of cruel and unexpected events of the time".
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History Russia AOS2 Historians
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History Russia AOS2 historians

History Russia AOS2 historians
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