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It is difficult not to begin these remarks with a reflection on the state in which the writing of the history of the Russian Revolution finds itself at present. It is an. E. H. CARR, The Bolshevik Revolution , Vol. III. New. York: the Macmillan Company, This is the final volume of the noteworthy trilogy, of which. I. By EDWARD HALLETT CARR. New York, The. Macmillan Company, x, pp. $ Judging by the first instalment, Professor Carr’s The Bolshevik. Revolution lenging interpretation of the Russian Revolution to appear since the .

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He mapped the territory of Soviet history in the devolution and delivered an agenda of questions which will be pursued for the rest of the 20th century The Bolshevik Revolution, — But he seemed to me a quixotic visionary.

At Rapallo the Bolsheviks made a sober deal without compromising their principles and their integrity and dignity: Cambridge University Press, p. This, incidentally, is my own experience with the Trotsky Archives which I have studied at Harvard.

Mr E H Carr as Historian of the Bolshevik Regime, by Isaac Deutscher

Apart from this interval in history it was always true that they would have fallen within the orbit either of Russia or Germany, and it is now more certain than ever in an age which has exposed the illusions of neutrality in Europe.

He is impressed by those features which Lenin may have had in common with, say, Bismarck, rather than bolshevjk those in which his affinity with Marx, the French Communards or Rosa Luxemburg shows itself. Carr maintained that there is such a vast quantity of information, at least about post-Dark Ages times, that the historian always chooses the “facts” he or she decides to make use of. The British historian Hugh Trevor-Roper argued that Carr’s dismissal of the “might-have-beens of history” reflected a fundamental lack of interest in examining historical causation.

Mandy rated it really liked ccarr Sep 20, In a leader entitled “Russia and Poland” on revolurion AprilCarr blasted the Polish government for accusing the Soviets of committing the Katyn Forest massacre, and for asking the Red Revolutiom to investigate [87] Carr wrote that:.


In DecemberCarr wrote “in Europe, Great Britain and Soviet Russia must become the main bulwarks of a peace which can be preserved, and can be made real, only through their joint endeavour. Responses to The Twenty Years’ Crisis—46” pp. Trevelyan lectures at the University of Cambridge that became the basis of his book, What is History?

To be sure, Mr Carr has been able to use only such sources as have long been available to students: Ina major scandal that damaged Carr’s reputation as a historian of the Soviet Union occurred when he wrote the introduction to Notes for a Journalthe supposed memoir of the former Soviet Foreign Commissar Maxim Litvinov that was shortly thereafter exposed as a KGB forgery.

Alone among the Great Powers she has ceased to have a mission A History of Soviet Russia 8 books. Abramsky and Beryl Williams, London: In the intellectual Sturm und Drang of that period Soviet historians initiated ambitious projects of research. He fell when the heroic age was over. Jay rated it really liked it Jan 15, Retrieved 16 April He tends to see society as the object of policies made and decreed from above.

What was the intellectual and moral atmosphere in which all these events occurred? Likewise, Carr praised Marx for emphasising the importance of the collective over the individual.

E. H. Carr

Now, State control has come in its most naked and undisguised form precisely where the individualist tradition was the weakest, in Germany and Russia”. Manuel rated it it was amazing Mar 15, During World War II, Carr was favourably impressed with what he regarded as the extraordinary heroic performance of the Soviet people, and towards the end of Carr decided to write a complete history of the Soviet Russia from comprising all bolwhevik of socialpolitical and economic history to explain how the Soviet Union withstood the German invasion.

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It has as a rule shown little or no insight into the motives and minds of the social classes and political parties and leaders engaged in the Russian struggle; and most recently the cold war has had almost as blighting an effect on research as had Stalinism itself.


Carr ended his support for appeasement, which had so vociferously expressed in The Twenty Year’s Crisis in the late summer of with a favourable review of a book containing a collection of Churchill’s speeches from towhich Carr wrote were “justifiably” alarmist about Germany.

Retrieved 9 November When I then learned that the same Lenin was the leader of a revolution and the head of a great state I was dumbfounded. If we speak of economic reconstruction we think less of maximum production through this too will be required than of equitable distribution”. The Place of Revolution in the Works of E. There exists no serious Monarchist version of the revolution, no Cadet version, no Menshevik account, and no Social Revolutionary interpretation.


One of Carr’s leading associates, the British historian R. Trevelyan lectures, delivered at the University of Cambridge between January—March As an example, he used the changing viewpoints about the German past expressed by the German historian Friedrich Meinecke during the Imperial, Weimar, Nazi and post-war periods to support his contention.

Napoleon could afford to vent openly his antipathy for ideologies and ideologues; and so, unlike Stalin, he did not even bother to dabble with history writing. He studies diligently the subversive ideas but only in so far as they may provide a clue to the statecraft of bolsjevik triumphant ex-revolutionists.

To the academic scholar steeped in the study of constitutions, this is of course the bolsheevik natural line of approach, but it is not one which is best suited for the study of a society in the throes of revolution. In a review in CommentaryBertram Wolfe accused Carr of systemically taking on Lenin’s point of view in History of Soviet Russia volumes and of being unwilling to consider other perspectives on Russian history.