The Revolutionary Policies and Leninist Results of Bolshevik Feminism, 1917-1921

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2019-05-06

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Larson, Elizabeth

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This thesis examines Russian women’s experiences during the Bolshevik Revolution and the Russian Civil War. This work identifies what women expected and what failed to happen during one of the most foundational periods of history for modern Russian women. A central figure in the work is a leading socialist women’s activist, Alexandra Kollontai, who aimed to liberate women by pressing the state to provide women economic independence. Her writings demonstrated forms of self-censorship, which signify the many hopes, which were never fulfilled.

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