The Practice of Power in 1917

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From February‐October 1917, power was spread among numerous loci of authority. Administration post‐tsar was not as easy to master as some of Nicholas II's opponents had assumed. In the capital the Russian Provisional Government vied with the Petrograd Soviet, in towns public committees and commissars faced soviets, in the countryside food and land committees competed alongside peasant soviets and village organizations and, not least, in the army a traditional order had to come to terms with numerous soldiers’ committees. Here we outline and analyse the crisis in the practice of power that beset both the center and the periphery of the Russian empire.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Companion to the Russian Revolution
EditorsDaniel Orlovsky
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd.
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-118-62084-7, 978-1-118-62087-8
ISBN (Print)978-1-118-62089-2
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 14 Aug 2020


  • Russian Provisional Government
  • Petrograd Soviet
  • soviets
  • corporatism
  • parastatal complex
  • voluntary power
  • dual power
  • multiple power
  • public committees
  • land committees


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