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Bandits and Partisans: The Antonov Movement in the Russian Civil War

Bandits and Partisans: The Antonov Movement in the Russian Civil War

by Erik C. Landis


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Beginning in the fall of 1920, Aleksandr Antonov led an insurgency that became the largest armed peasant revolt against the Soviets during the civil war. Yet by the summer of 1921, the revolt had been crushed, and popular support for the movement had all but disappeared. Until now, details of this conflict have remained hidden. Erik Landis mines recently opened provincial and central Soviet archives and international collections to provide a depth of detail and historical analysis never before possible in this definitive account of the uprising. 

Landis examines both sides of the conflict, probing the testimonies of the insurgents, their opponents, and those caught in between. We witness firsthand the frustrations, failures, and internal conflicts of the Bolsheviks and the spirit of rebellion that drove the insurgents and helped drive a localized dispute into a well-organized mass rebellion that struck fear in the hearts of Communist leaders. This political and military threat was influential in bringing about Lenin's conciliatory New Economic Policy, which allowed farmers and villages to sustain themselves in a quasi-market economy. 

Bandits and Partisans presents a gripping tale of brutality, domination, and revolt, placing readers at the frontlines of the complex and rich history of the Russian civil war and the consolidation of the new Soviet state.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822943433
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 04/01/2008
Series: Pitt Russian East European
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Erik C. Landis is lecturer in modern European history at Oxford Brookes University.

Table of Contents

Maps and Figures     ix
Preface     xi
Glossary and Abbreviations     xv
Revolution and Recalcitrance     1
The Making of a Civil War Bandit     41
Conspiratorial Designs     60
The Collapse of Soviet Authority in Tambov     89
The Partisan Countryside at War     122
Claiming the Initiative     151
Between Ambition and Necessity     193
Facets of "Sovietization"     227
The End of an Era     274
Notes     287
Bibliography     365
Index     377

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