A very polite and considerate revolution: the Scottish women's hospitals and the Russian revolution 1916-1917


McDermid, Jane (2008) A very polite and considerate revolution: the Scottish women's hospitals and the Russian revolution 1916-1917. Revolutionary Russia, 21, (2), 135-151. (doi:10.1080/09546540802461050).

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Members of the Russia Unit of the Scottish Women's Hospitals (SWH) provide valuable accounts of the situation in Russia from 1916 to 1917. Their diaries confirm the popular nature of the overthrow of Nicholas II and reflect the gulf between the masses and the privileged minority: the 'Scottish women', like the upper classes, were onlookers, hopeful of a more effective Russian military performance, yet anxious lest the crowd had found its voice in the spread of 'democracy'. The SWH's initial euphoria, subsequent unease and eventual disillusionment paralleled both the growing radicalization of the people after February-March 1917 and the collapse of the Russian military forces in the summer of that year.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0954-6545 (print)
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Subjects: D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > History
ePrint ID: 73477
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2014 10:21
Contact Email Address: J.McDermid@soton.ac.uk
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/73477

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