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Britain and the Last TsarBritish Policy and Russia, 1894-1917$
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Keith Neilson

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198204701

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204701.001.0001

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The Public’s Russia

The Public’s Russia

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This chapter discusses public and popular views of Russian life, literature, and culture. Although there was generally a public revulsion against anarchists and nihilists, this was tempered by a belief that many of their activities were justified by the behaviour of the repressive regimes that had spawned the movements. The favourable reception in Britain of Peter Kropotkin underlined the fact that personal qualities could lift an anarchist above the general condemnation of the breed in the public's mind. However they interpreted Russia, it is clear that the British public had definite views of that country and for the most part, these views were unfavourable.

Keywords:   Russian life, Russian literature, Russian culture, anarchists, nihilists, Peter Kropotkin, British public

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