The Terek people's republic, 1918: coalition government in the Russian revolution

Marshall, A. (2009) The Terek people's republic, 1918: coalition government in the Russian revolution. Revolutionary Russia, 22(2), pp. 203-221. (doi: 10.1080/09546540903274717)

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In recent years, studies of the Russian Revolution have become increasingly nuanced, often on the basis of recently opened regional archives. Nonetheless more work remains to be done on the impact of the revolution at the regional level, and even documents published in some cases in the Soviet Union during the 1970s and 1980s have yet to be fully incorporated into the general historiography of the period. This article seeks to reassess an openly published, but relatively neglected textual source: the records of the five congresses of the Terek People's Republic of 1918. It will be argued that the proceedings of these five congresses offer a unique insight into an under-explored phenomenon of the 'Russian Revolution': namely, local coalition government - one which formally collapsed at the end of 1918, but one which nonetheless carried clear local legacies for the post-1922 period. In this sense the records of the five congresses are as important for a fuller understanding of the political stakes at play in the years 1917-19 as the far better-known (but directly comparable) 'Putney Debates' of the seventeenth century are for their English counterpart.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Marshall, Dr Alexander
Authors: Marshall, A.
Subjects:D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > History
Journal Name:Revolutionary Russia
ISSN (Online):1743-7873
Published Online:27 November 2009

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