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

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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.
LanguageEnglish
JournalEurope-Asia Studies
Volume68
Early online date4 Jul 2016
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Jul 2016

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  • Constitutionalism
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