Consensus Volume 3-5

Consensus Volume 3-5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...beautiful men and women of the higher class, went to the villages, disguised themselves as peasants, ar tisans, and teachers, and tried to tell the people the story of their misery and oppression, tell them the story of autocracy that does not allow them to rise to a higher level of living. They were swept away by the strong band of the government. From 1876 to 1881 those Intellectuals formed revolutionary groups and began to throw bombs against the most hated members of the administration because that was the only way they could fight single-handed. In 1881 they assassinated the Czar, Alexander II. They thought it was a victory, but it was none. Soon the iron hand of Alexander III swept away all these groups, killed a number of them and the rest were exiled into Siberia. Then silence ensued. All this time the educated classes, the thinking elements, were planning, groping for a solution of the tremendous problem that was called the liberation of Russia. They knew very well that without the activity of the large masses of the people, they would never succeed in overthrowing autocracy. Yet the plain people of the great empire remained almost silent. No sign of life was visible in the vast sea of the ChornyNarod. The line of demarcation between the Intellectuals and the masses remained distinct. In 1896, the first mass movements began, and those were labor strikes. In 1896, thirty-thousand working men in Petrograd went on strike in the textile industries. That was the first sign of activity on the part of the population of a large city distinct from that of the Intellectual groups. It was soon quelled, but other little movements followed here and there; little outbursts, little centers of conflagration among the masses. And still the mass...show more

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  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 340g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236813391
  • 9781236813398