Sunday, March 30, 2014

Spies and Commissars: The Early Years of the Russian Revolution

Spies and Commissars by Robert Service


This book does a nice job of simplifying the complicated early years of the Russian Revolution. From the Bolsheviks, the Germans, the Western Powers and all the deluded fans, it provides fascinating reading.

Interesting Facts

Even today, British attempts to undermine Communist Russia in 1918 remain classified in Britain.

Lloyd George, by authorizing a British trade agreement with the Soviet government in 1921, save the communist government from near certain economic collapse.

In April 1918, Britain landed about 2500 troops in Murmansk including some French and Serb troops.  This was kept secret from the British people due to fear of public opinion.

After killing the Romanovs on July 17, 1918, the Bolsheviks managed to keep this a secret from most of their own party even up to March 1919.

At the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, the British politician raising the most concerns about a Communist Russia was Winston Churchill.

While Woodrow Wilson was secretly supplying arms to the Whites in Russia through Russian gold reserves in the United States, the first anti-interventionist Republicans were beginning to attack. In September of 1919, Republican Senator Hiram Johnson of California asked why American boys were being shot at in Russia.

In late 1919, a New York Times editorial made the wild claim that the October 1917 revolution was effected "by men from America who went to Russia."

Maryland Republican Senator Joseph I. France was first U.S. Senator to visit Russia after the Russian Revolution and led his colleagues in advocating official recognition of Soviet Russia. France was able to get Henry Cabot Lodge to lead this effort in committee hearings.


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