Lenin's Private War: The Voyage of the Philosophy Steamer and the Exile of the Intelligentsia

Lenin's Private War: The Voyage of the Philosophy Steamer and the Exile of the Intelligentsia

by Lesley Chamberlain
ISBN-10:
0312367309
ISBN-13:
9780312367305
Pub. Date:
08/07/2007
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press

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Lenin's Private War: The Voyage of the Philosophy Steamer and the Exile of the Intelligentsia

In 1922, Vladimir Lenin personally drew up a list of some 160 "undesirable" intellectuals--mostly philosophers, academics, scientists, and journalists--to be deported from the new Soviet State. "We're going to cleanse Russia once and for all" he wrote to Stalin, whose job it was to oversee the deportation. Two ships sailed from Petrograd that autumn, taking Old Russia's eminent men and their families away to what would become permanent exile in Berlin, Prague, and Paris. Through journals, letters, memoirs, and personal accounts, Lesley Chamberlain creates a rich portrait of these banished thinkers and their families. She describes the world they left behind, the émigré communities they were forced to join, and the enduring power of the works they produced in exile.

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ISBN-13: 9780312367305
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 08/07/2007
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.44(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     ix
Acknowledgements     xi
A Note on Translation     xii
A Note on Transliteration     xii
Introduction     1
Part I
The Night Before     13
The Paper Civil War     34
The Janus Year     77
Arrest and Interrogation     100
Journey into Exile     131
Part II
Joining the Emigration     173
Prague     187
Berlin     204
Paris     230
Ending Up     255
Part III
The Sense of What Happened     265
GPU Report on the Arrests of 16/17 August 1922     299
The Lists of Deportees from Moscow and Petrograd     305
The Lives     313
Notes     330
Bibliography     378
Index     388

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