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Russia in 1919

Arthur Ransome (1884-1967)

1. Prefatory Notes
2. To Petrograd
3. Smolni
4. Petrograd to Moscow
5. First Days in Moscow
6. The Executive Committee on the Reply to the Prinkipo Proposal
7. Kamenev and the Moscow Soviet
8. An Ex-Capitalist
9. A Theorist of Revolution
10. Effects of Isolation
11. An Evening At the Opera
12. The Committee of State Constructions
13. The Executive Committee & the Terror
14. Notes of Conversations With Lenin
15. The Supreme Council of Public Economy
16. The Race With Ruin
17. A Play of Chekhov
18. The Centro-Textile
19. Modification in the Agrarian Programme
20. Foreign Trade & Munitions of War
21. The Proposed Delegation From Berne
22. The Executive Committee on the Rival Parties
23. Commissariat of Labour
24. Education
25. A Bolshevik Fellow of the Royal Society
26. Digression
27. The Opposition
28. The Third International
29. Last Talk With Lenin
30. The Journey Out

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PUBLISHER'S NOTE: On August 27, 1914, in London, I made this note in a memorandum book: "Met Arthur Ransome at_____'s; discussed a book on the Russian's relation to the war in the light of psychological background--folklore." The book was not written but the idea that instinctively came to him pervades his every utterance on things Russian. The versatile man who commands more than respect as the biographer of Poe and Wilde; as the (translator of and commentator on Remy de Gourmont; as a folklorist, has shown himself to be consecrated to the truth. The document that Mr. Ransome hurried out of Russia in the early days of the Soviet government (printed in the New Republic and then widely circulated as a pamphlet), was the first notable appeal from a non-Russian to the American people for fair play in a crisis understood then even less than now. The British Who's Who--that Almanach de Gotha of people who do things or choose their parents wisely--tells us that Mr. Ransome's recreations are "walking, smoking, fairy stories." It is, perhaps, his intimacy with the last named that enables him to distinguish between myth and fact and that makes his activity as an observer and recorder so valuable in a day of bewilderment and betrayal.